Restart Academy @ Friends

ReStart Academy is a specialized, full-day high school for youth who have been involved in the criminal justice system, provided in partnership with the New York City Department of Education District 79.   ReStart allows young people returning home from jail to immediately return to the classroom without long hurdles or waiting lists,  and it gives them the small class sizes and personal support they need to advance academically.  (Tutoring and extracurricular support are also available).

We host the school across the hall from our Harlem offices, allowing us to provide students with comprehensive supports they need to reach their goals.

Staff Spotlight: Mariah, ReStart Academy’s teacher.

“This is like a super school. – you get some freedom here, the way that it’s set up is good for us, the teacher is like one of us, she can connect with us. If you have your mind set to succeed they are going to help you in any way they can.”

–Stephon.  Read Stephon’s profile here

Mariah, ReStart Academy teacher, grades papers in her classroom

Mariah, ReStart Academy teacher, grades papers in her classroom