Friends of Island Academy

Friends of Island Academy
A place where youth can find a community to support them as they rebuild their lives post-jail

Thanks to Wellmet’s funding, Friends' Advocates can continue to act as a lifeline for young people returning from jail, currently incarcerated youth, and justice-involved youth and families living in neighborhoods throughout New York.


2020

$5,000

Manhattan

Starting as a support organization for incarcerated youth who attended Island Academy on Rikers Island, Friends became a place where youth could find a community of peers and advocates who would support them and believed deeply in their potential as they rebuilt their lives post-jail. Friends operates and has post-release centers in four boroughs, provides well-being and career education, internships, arts programming and its advocates work directly with young people beginning when they are incarcerated, through their release, and beyond, including with those who are released to homelessness.

Learn more about this organization:

http://friendsny.org