Leon Hymes community activist
NYC Justice Corps members are an intelligent, confident and hard working group of individuals who are striving to change their lives and communities for the better.
The NYC Justice Corps is a six-month program consisting of a sequence of services that incorporates principles of youth development, service learning, workforce development and prisoner reentry.
Corps members begin and proceed through the NYC Justice Corps in a cohort model that promotes leadership development and team building.
Beginning at enrollment, the NYC Justice Corps transitions Corps members through training (1 month), community benefit project service (10-14 weeks), and internships (minimum of 6 weeks) with the goal of placing Justice Corps graduates in permanent employment and/or educational opportunities.
The William Hodson Senior Center is the oldest senior center in the United States. Corps members undertook an intensive clean-up campaign, restored the stage in the main dining room, and repainted the walls of the auditorium to create a vibrant atmosphere for the seniors.
Crotona Park is the largest park in the South Bronx and has partnered with the Justice Corps on a variety of outdoor and indoor projects. Corps members have repainted basketball courts and playground areas, as well as the walls of the pool house. Most recently, they helped design and plant a new garden landscape by building a fence around newly installed flowerbeds to prevent erosion.