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Friday, July 27, 2012

176th Step Street/ADP and NYPD Explorers

Last week, Bronx Community Solutions ADP program combined with The NYPD Explorers from the 46 Precinct, Sanitation District 5, and Community Board #5, worked together to improve the conditions of one of the LARGEST step streets in the Bronx located at 176 and Popham Avenue. This project was also attended by the Crew Supervisor, Raul Hernandez, from our sister project across the bridge, Newark Community Solutions, who spent two days with us. Here is what he had to say:
“My time at BCS was a trip of many things but if i can describe it in one word it would be 'Powerful" because BCS works diligently towards changing lives in the Bronx. Also, they work on rising up future generation to be more responsible and respectful toward their community and themselves.”We had some good feedback from some of the community residents including Pastor Smith, who’s also a resident. We also had 3 kids from the community volunteer to help. But the best news of day by far, was when one of our BCS ADP kid asked for an application to enroll in the NYPD’s Explores program.

Written by: Moises Reyes, Coordinator of Communtiy Service, BCS

Friday, July 20, 2012


ALBANY – The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision today announced it has extended the validation period of the Standard Offender Identification card that is issued to newly-released offenders from 60-days to 90-days.

DOCCS Commissioner Brian Fischer said, “As of July 2nd, in an effort to ease the transition of offenders returning to the community after a period of incarceration, DOCCS extended the expiration of the Standard Offender Identification card by 30 days. By extending the validation period of the ID Cards issued by the Department, we’re acting upon recommendations received from our Community Supervision staff who suggested this modification at a recently completed labor/management summit. The additional 30 days will provide released offenders an additional opportunity to acquire their community-based identification, which is considered a critical stepping stone to an offender’s successful transition to the community.” read the entire press release here

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CCI: Youth Justice Board

On June 27th, 2012, the Youth Justice Board held its culminating event of the 2011-12 year: the release of the new video Talking it Through: A Teen-Police Dialogue. Board members created this video in response to recommendations published by the 2010-11 Board, which cited mistrust between police and teens as one of the key issues that needed addressed in efforts to reduce youth crime.

NYPD Assistant Commissioner Kevin O'Connor from the Juvenile Justice division of the Community Affairs Bureau gave the keynote speech, talking about how challenges such as gang violence cannot be addressed without the commitment of young people. YJB 2 alumnus George Espinal, who is now the President of the 34th Street Community Council in Washington Heights, spoke about opportunities that all young people have to be involved in positive community change. He also showed us some awards he received from the Center that he earned as a YJB member and has kept all this time.

Founded in 2004, the Youth Justice Board is an after-school program that brings together young people to study and propose solutions to the public safety challenges that most affect them. Board members serve as a credible voice for youth in the public debate about juvenile justice policy in New York City