Young New Yorkers has partnerships with multiple agencies within the criminal legal system including Kings County Criminal Court, Red Hook Community Court, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn Defender Services, the Legal Aid Society, the American Bar Association's Racial Justice Task Force, the Center for Court Innovation, Osborne Association, and the New York City Department of Probation (Brooklyn). 


YNY has collaborated with arts organizations and arts spaces such as MoMA PS1, Swiss Institute, SHoP Architects, and David Zwirner.

If you have questions about how to partner with us or would like to make a referral, please contact us at info@youngnewyorkers.org




Young New Yorkers is hiring a Program Teacher (Part Time)


Primary Duties and Responsibilities


Program Coordination, Delivery, and Facilitation

  • Deliver YNY Restorative Arts Diversion Program curricula for 1-Day, 4-Week, and 8-Week programs in collaboration with YNY staff, guest speakers, and co-teachers/co-facilitators. YNY delivers 2-3 virtual RAD programs per week and serves 300+ young people per year. YNY curricula cover a range of topics from restorative justice to know-your-rights and art advocacy.

  • Support YNY’s creative direction on the restorative art components of the curriculum.

  • Plan and coordinate program delivery, including logistics, scheduling, educational/program materials, etc.

  • Coordinate teaching staff, classroom roles, assign curriculum sections to program staff and guest speakers.

  • Lead program briefing and debriefing with program staff and guests before and after sessions.

  • Create an impeccable classroom environment (virtual and in-person) and adhere to YNY standards for program set-up and execution.

  • Facilitate group sessions and maintain a safe and empowered classroom environment.

  • Coordinate and facilitate graduate programs and paid graduate opportunities.

  • Implement YNY’s existing survey and collaborate on the development of new evaluation strategies.



  • Build and maintain productive relationships with referring partners who use YNY as a sentencing option.

  • Promote YNY programs with referring partners and recruit participants.

  • Conduct participant screening interviews; enter screening and intake information into secure program database.

  • Inform eligible defendants of what it means to become participants in the YNY program in terms of the criminal-legal mandate and YNY ground rules.

  • Serve as YNY community ambassador to raise awareness of YNY’s program and impact, garnering community support through volunteering, financial support, etc.

  • Write a variety of organizational communications, including program descriptions, meeting and event invitations, thank you notes, etc.

  • Assist with outreach to YNY’s graduate community, connecting them with opportunities with YNY and with the larger community.


Participant Support and Advocacy

  • Contact participants, and/or their parents as appropriate, prior to program commencement to build an early rapport and build a strong relationship; take steps to ensure that they attend the first program, particularly young adults that may be nervous and/or on the defensive.

  • Check-in one-on-one with participants in between program sessions via phone, email, text etc. to support program success and completion.

  • Report participant program compliance and attendance information to required court partners.

  • Present written testimonials and participant artworks at subsequent court dates to support good case outcomes for participants.


Public Art Projects and Event Planning

  • Support YNY’s creative direction around public art projects and event planning.

  • Assist with staging public art exhibitions and projects related to YNY programs.

  • Coordinate volunteers; purchase supplies; create and distribute invitations to criminal justice partners involved in participants’ sentencing, etc.

  • Assist with event planning for other YNY events, including fundraising events.

  • Engage YNY’s volunteer community.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Warmth and empathy

  • Reliability, consistency, and accountability

  • Leadership

  • Professionalism, including punctuality, excellent judgment, and strong boundaries

  • Commitment to producing impeccable programming

  • Excellent verbal & written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Collaborative and supportive attitude

  • Team player and independent worker who takes initiative.

  • Commitment to personal and professional growth, including willingness to be

  • trained/coached

  • Demonstrated experience working with young people, particularly those with court-involvement ages 14-25.

  • 3+ years working in a clinical and/or educational capacity and/or Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Education, or related area preferred.

  • Knowledge of and interest in arts-based transformative justice and/or restorative justice. Knowledge of the criminal legal system, court processes, and alternative-to-incarceration services. Strong commitment to social justice.

  • Excellent computer, internet, and database skills and ability to prioritize tasks on short- and long-term levels.

  • Process-oriented with a strong ability to build efficient systems for information management.

  • Experience with artistic and creative expression, graphic design and/or other artistic practices

  • Spanish language fluency is preferred but not required.


Working Conditions


The position will entail:

  • The position is primarily remote, however, classes will be both in-person and virtual and working at YNY’s office and at locations across New York City will be required on occasion.

  • Taking public transportation to events, programs, meetings, etc.

  • Working after normal business hours on program days and other days and occasional weekends. Normal business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

  • Working at a desk/computer as well as building art installations, running errands, and standing for long periods of time

  • Lifting 30+ pounds, climbing stairs, transporting materials and supplies, constructing displays

  • Working with diverse populations of youth, young adults, and adults in group and one-on-one settings

  • Working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma

  • Shifting priorities and job responsibilities depending on YNY’s programming and projects



  • 30 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

  • Program sites throughout New York City



$30 per hour (anticipated 5-15 hours per week).


To apply for this position please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@youngnewyorkers.org with the subject line: Teaching Artist Position.

Young New Yorkers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Young New Yorkers complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Young New Yorkers is hiring an Executive Director

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of Young New Yorkers, providing the leadership, inspiration, strategic direction, vision for the organization and its programs, and its advocacy efforts. Working closely with the Board of Directors and reporting to the Chair of the Board, the Executive Director will ensure that Young New Yorkers is fiscally and administratively sound and that its infrastructure and programs are well managed and balanced.

The Executive Director will engender the trust and confidence of the Board, staff, participants, partners, and donors as well as the greater public.


The Executive Director will ensure that programs maintain high levels of quality, outreach and participation, and visibility and reputation while continuing to strengthen and safeguard internal systems, processes, and policies that support and inspire the staff. At this time, Young New Yorkers expects the executive director position to be in-person.


The Executive Director will thoroughly understand Young New Yorkers – its history, mission, constituencies, partners, structure, and the value of its programs and services. They will have the following priorities and key responsibilities: 

Internal Management


– Lead with an inspirational and strategic vision that fully embraces the mission.

Supervise, mentor, inspire, empower, and collaborate with a highly motivated, committed, and knowledgeable staff – delegating appropriate responsibilities and authority, holding individuals accountable for specific and collective performance, maintaining morale, and providing direction.



– Know how Young New Yorkers’ programs are structured, staffed, and funded, how referrals are made, how impact and performance are measured, how money is being spent, and what it costs to ensure and deliver rigorous, high-quality programs efficiently; promote and further develop the organization’s impact and outreach.

Continue to strengthen programmatic systems and processes; build new ones as necessary to accommodate the organization’s growth; think strategically about programmatic expansion and begin to put in place the foundation to support such growth.


General Management, Administration, and Finance

– Understand the elements of Young New Yorkers’ staffing and finances; in partnership with the Treasurer, auditor, and staff establish the budget and set financial strategies and priorities that correlate with current and future activities; hold self and the organization to the highest levels of transparency, integrity, and accountability.

Review Young New Yorkers’ systems and modes of communication and data collection; quickly understand and adjust as necessary how the organization measures progress; support its efforts and capacity to track impact and share outcomes both internally and to funders and partners.

Sustain and further Young New Yorkers’ attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion with both Board and staff; understand and foster the importance of shared lived experience between staff and program participants; be intentional about leading with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.

External Management

Resource Development

 – Serving as the top fundraiser for Young New Yorkers, quickly establish relationships with existing key public and private donors in order to facilitate the ongoing flow of support; increase, broaden, and cultivate the funding base of individual donors, foundations, government sources, and corporations; work closely with the Board of Directors to inspire continued and greater participation in fundraising efforts, including the identification of new funders; oversee all grants and grantwriting; develop new sources of mission-consistent earned revenue. The Executive Director will be a fundraiser who is enthusiastic, creative, and strategic and who will build a “culture of fundraising”. Young New Yorkers Executive Director Page 4.


Public Role, Marketing and Communications 

-Develop and oversee marketing and communications efforts, especially through social media platforms and including public fora, media appearances and the like; serve as a highly visible spokesperson and advocate for Young New Yorkers at both the city and state levels; identify, engage, and convene partners that share elements of Young New Yorkers’ programs and services and that also serve those who have interacted with the criminal justice system; strategically maintain and amplify Young New Yorkers as a leader and a model for effectiveness and life-changing impact on youth, their families and communities, and the criminal justice system.


Future Growth

 – Build upon Young New Yorkers’ history of success; develop a vision for future growth and expanded impact.


Establish a strong working partnership with the Board of Directors to implement board policies, goals, and objectives; forge relationships that will bring forth members’ best ideas and efforts in support of Young New Yorkers; with the Board Chair engage and coordinate efforts of the Board committees; help identify new Board members and support onboarding.

Learn and understand Young New Yorkers with an eye toward embarking on strategic planning.

Salary Range For This Position

  • Proven leadership, problem-solving, and strategic planning and implementation capability with a nonprofit organization, government organization, or the private sector (provided the individual has significant service as a volunteer or nonprofit board member). At least five years of executive, management experience is required, with increasing levels of responsibility and authority.

  • Compassion and belief in the strength and power of youth to reach their potential.

  • A deep understanding of the impact of poverty on young people in New York City.

  • Knowledgeable about and experience with the City’s criminal justice system.

  • Leadership experience with the effective delivery of high-quality services originating from and led by a social justice perspective.

  • Extensive experience in building, maintaining, and expanding operations; able to balance multiple priorities, maintain forward momentum, and shift between roles.

  • Experience in successfully growing an organization with a budget of at least $2 million; able to decline opportunities that do not fit the mission, envision and operationalize new initiatives that do fit, and understand how decisions – funding, resources, staff allocations, etc. – are being experienced by staff and participants.

  • A track record of success as an advocate and fundraiser with government, corporate, and private stakeholders and donors; comfortable at the policy table and the funding table.

  • A comfort level with technology for operations, outcomes metrics, fundraising, and communications; an ability to identify and capitalize on public relations opportunities as they arise.

  • An ability to respect, listen to, and work well with internal and external constituencies with a wide range of diversity – race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, education, etc.; a good listener; comfortable receiving feedback and new ideas from many sources, and comfortable making informed decisions; a high EQ is required.



The salary range for this position is estimated at $150,000 to $170,000. Young New Yorkers is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of its staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. Young New Yorkers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include but are not limited to hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

Applications and nominations are requested to be submitted to the attention of G. Angela Henry, Executive Search Consultant ED4YoungNewYorkers@gmail.com

Ideal Experience and Qualifications



What is the YNY Alliance?

The YNY Alliance is a group of voluntary supporters and advocates of Young New Yorkers.


Alliance members make annual donations of at least $250, volunteer their skills and resources for special projects, and directly support our young people through professional development offerings. 


Recent initiatives supported by Alliance members:


  • Who We Are (Beyond Our Charges), 2020: MoMA PS1 virtual exhibition of YNY graduates' artwork Developed in collaboration with SHoP Architects, https://www.yny-virtual.com/



Ongoing efforts include social media outreach and other fundraising and awareness initiatives. 

YNY Alliance member responsibilities include:


  • Attending 2 Alliance meetings per year

  • Attending YNY events as frequently as possible to support the YNY graduates

  • Speaking powerfully on behalf of YNY

  • Assisting with fundraising by connecting your community to YNY

To join the YNY Alliance, please make your annual donation here and indicate your interest in the Alliance.


If you are interested but would like to learn more, or if you are unable to meet the financial requirement but are interested in supporting through volunteer hours, we'd love to hear from you! Please reach out to the Alliance co-chairs at