Bronx Youth Center: Systems-Involved Youth

The Bronx Youth Center offers several job and education programs to young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system and/or the foster care system. We know that involvement in the foster care and juvenile justice systems can set young people back, and we’re determined to provide the additional, customized support you need to get ahead in your life. The first step to joining any of our programs is to become a member by coming to an intake session at the Bronx Youth Center on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. 

For more information about any of our programs, fill out our easy online form!

The Academy: Internships for Youth in Foster Care

The Academy is a unique program designed to support youth who are currently in, or have experience with foster care with their career and education goals as they move towards independence. The comprehensive – yet flexible – structure offers individualized academic and employment service support through case management, life skills groups and supportive counseling. You’ll learn essential life skills that are critical for your future success, and be ready to hit the workforce!


For more information, contact Supervisor of Foster Care, Shanieka Nelson at snelson@Door.org or 929-285-3189 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3513.

Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP)

Our LEAP program targets young adults, ages 16 to 24 that are system involved (self-report experience with the juvenile justice system, foster care system, or have experienced homelessness) AND are pursing one of our post-secondary bridge programs (EMT, Woodlawn, TechBridge, or Bridge-to-College). LEAP participants receive extra one-on-one support, additional monetary incentives, leadership opportunities and follow-up support for 10 months post completion of their bridge program.


For more information, contact Juvenile Justice Coordinator, Victoria Brasher at vbrasher@door.org or 929-285-3185 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3513.

Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP / YAIP+)

The Door Bronx Youth Center’s YAIP Plus is a PAID internship program for youth, ages 16-24, who are or have been in ACS’s foster care or the juvenile justice system and are not working or in school. Through this program participants will receive: 3 weeks of job readiness training, 11 weeks of at an internship in a field of interest, mentoring and support, and follow-up services to help you reach your goals.

Next cycle start dates: March 4, 2019 – June 7, 2019

For more information, contact Job Placement Specialist, Naseera Ofori-Koree at noforikoree@door.org or 929-285-3188 or Supervisor of YAIP Plus, Joey Rodriguez at rodriguezj@door.org or 929-285-3177