Juvenile Justice

Youth Link

Research indicates that intervention programs help to reduce recidivism rates among juvenile delinquents. Further evidence suggests that early intervention in juvenile delinquency, particularly during the period of probation, decreases the likelihood of recidivism.

PAL’s Youth Link program aims to reduce the risk of recidivism among NYC youth involved in the juvenile justice system by offering an array of services not only during the period of probation, but also continuing through the post-probation period. Youth Link offers youth involved in the court system the following services: individual counseling, life-skills workshops, court advocacy, gang prevention, academic support, and sports & recreational activities. Opportunities for paid internships and summer jobs are also available.

The primary goal of Youth Link is for teenagers to have a successful exit from the juvenile justice system. The secondary goal, though just as important, is to have youth that were originally mandated for services continue to voluntarily stay connected to PAL through the remainder of their teenage years once that mandated period has ended. This continued relationship, whether through sports, teen centers or other PAL teen programs, is crucial in reducing the risk of any further criminal activity among youth.

Youth Link provides services for youth, ages 12 through 18, in Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx. Although the majority of referrals come directly from the Department of Probation, referrals may come from a variety of sources including NYPD, Legal Aid Society, other community based programs, or from parents directly.

To make a referral, please contact the appropriate site listed below.

For more information on Youth Link, please contact:

Jamilah Clark, MSW
Associate Director of Juvenile Justice Services
(917) 232-0825


Summer Youth Employment Program-Vulnerable Youth

In partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, PAL helps to employ over 350 of the city’s most vulnerable youth, ages 14-24. This includes court involved youth (in both juvenile and criminal court), homeless youth, and youth involved in the ACS foster care system.

The application process for the Vulnerable Youth program begins simultaneously with the general population SYEP each year. In addition to six weeks of paid summer employment, participants attend workshops on job-readiness, career exploration and financial literacy.

For further information on the Vulnerable Youth Summer Youth Employment Program, please contact:

Jamilah Clark, MSW
Associate Director of Juvenile Justice Services
(212) 665-8699 Ext: 213.


Current PAL Youth Link Sites