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Avenues For Justice Black History Month Virtual Comedy Show - 7:00PM on Feb 28th
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For more than 40 years,  Avenues for Justice (AFJ)  has supported youth in New York City, keeping them out of prison and providing them with court advocacy, tutoring and mentorship, mental health support and job training.  During the past four decades we’ve seen it all – economic highs and lows, the changing faces of many NYC neighborhoods from gentrification, and generations of New Yorkers impacted by an unjust criminal justice system.

In 2020, our city and our nation was faced with a fight against the coronavirus as well as against systemic racism in our criminal justice system. Once again, we were reminded that many communities encounter policing that does not result in their safety and protection, but instead focuses on the punitive.

AFJ has known for years that young adults  need tools, support, opportunities and access to fair representation to have a second chance at life, and AFJ provides all of those things.  Each year, we serve more than 300 youth , and more than 95% of our graduates are never convicted of another crime  and remain on a pathway to their dreams.

Since March, when the city closed businesses and we were required to shelter-in-place, AFJ continues to  Meet the Moment  for the youth in our program. Many of our youth faced unimaginable challenges before the pandemic. With the added challenge of a deadly virus, an economic downturn, a racial reckoning and an inability to share physical space with youth in person,  AFJ took important action that works:

  • We  served more than 300 youthful offenders  since the pandemic began;
  • We  launched NEW jobs programs, equipping our participants to have training and certifications that will put them on a path for employment;
  • We  met essential needs, providing groceries and funds for utilities to youth and their families; and
  • We  provided laptops and cell phones to program participants, helping them remain connected to AFJ and their caring staff.

To continue this work, we need your help. A gift to AFJ helps us show up for our youth even when we have to be apart. On example of the difference AFJ can make in the life of our youth is Elise. Elsie faced many challenges while growing up, including family incarceration, addiction, and more. She was left to fend for herself and started selling drugs at age 13. By 16, she was arrested for selling drugs to an undercover detective. Two weeks after this arrest, she found out she was pregnant. Fortunately, Avenues for Justice intervened and she was mandated to our services instead of jail. Her AFJ youth worker, Nelson Valentine, proved that people in this world cared about what she did with her life and gave her a long list of requirements, including curfew. Backed by this guidance and support, Elsie earned her high school diploma while juggling a job plus daily participation in AFJ programs. In 2009, she received her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the ASA Institute. She has now joined Avenues for Justice as a youth worker. You can hear from her in her own words  here.

Right now,  New York needs programs like Avenues for Justice.  AFJ has a proven track record of making a difference in the lives of youth in our City. It’s what we’ve done for the past 40 years, and we will continue to do so for the next 40 years to come.

You can make a real impact on the lives of the youth we serve.

This is a by-donation comedy show to support all the causes you care about most. Select a campaign below which supports a specific cause and we will donate to that cause on your behalf. We donate a minimum of 80% of all money raised in our Community Comedy Shows, that % goes up as donations increase. The minimum donation to receive a ticket is $5, the recommended donation it $20 and the maximum is one billion dollars! (Anywhere in between that is totally acceptable) 

The link to you live show will be in your confirmation email that will be sent to you automatically after you donate.

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