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NeON Works on PIX 11 News at 6:30!


NeON Works was featured on PIX11 News. Read an excerpt below featuring participants at the Staten Island location and click here to read the full article: https://pix11.com/news/local-news/nyc-program-preparing-individuals-for-the-workforce/

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) — A program with the New York City Department of Probation is preparing individuals for the workforce whether they’re unsure of which industry they want to get into or if they’re a recent college graduate who wants to move up in their respective field. NeON Works creates a safe space for those have the same goal – to find a job and keep it.

...Shawn Patterson, who is in his 40’s, is about two months into the program and is learning new things about himself as he hopes to renew his certified nursing assistant license. “I never knew I was a leader, a team leader, expressing myself, facing fears,” Patterson said.

They learn new job skills, build their resume, and earn vocational certifications like for food handling or security jobs. Steven Ildefonso, 19, hopes to land a security job soon and has referred many friends. “This will be the best place for them if they don’t really have too much because it helps everybody get back on track,” Ildefonso said.

It also helps beyond getting a paycheck like how to deal with conflict because if your mind is not in the right place, it may be hard to hold onto a new job. “They give you a plan, a blueprint, or go around it, move about it,” said Anthony Pinkston, a program participant. “Trust me, I know. I’ve been around and things happened to me and they taught me to look at the bright side.”

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NeON Photo Gallery Exhibition at Kente


NeON Photographers came together with friends and family at YEMA Gallery for the opening reception of their latest photography exhibition. The show features 70 photos by recent NeON Photography graduates. Classes are now taught entirely by graduates from the training and offered throughout the year. The summer session has just begun, following the YEMA Gallery opening. View the event Gallery.




DOP & NeON Arts Featured by Kresge Foundation


"If we don’t do something to reform our probation and parole systems and turn them into systems that are actually designed to support people’s meaningful re-entry in society rather than simply ensnare people once again into the system, we can continue to expand the size of our prison population simply by continuing to revoke people’s probation and parole and keep that revolving door swinging.” Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

Grounded in the belief that there is a better way, the New York City Department of Probation (DOP) established the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) in 2011. The network is comprised of community organizations, government agencies, local businesses, and community residents focused on connecting probation clients to opportunities, resources, and services.

DOP’s NeON program is centered on infusing resources into disinvested neighborhoods, establishing authentic relationships with residents and key stakeholders to address the root causes that contribute to justice involvement and to have a positive and transformative impact in people’s lives.

NeON is based on a systemic, person-centered, and holistic approach to investing in communities impacted by mass incarceration and dedicated to addressing racial inequity and trauma wrought by unjust policies. Neighborhoods that have persistently high concentrations of youth on probation, including East New York, Bedford Stuyvesant, and the Brownsville sections of Brooklyn, Jamaica, Queens, the South Bronx, Staten Island and Harlem, are where the NeON program is focused.

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NYC PO Joel Figueroa Receives 2022 NYS State Director's Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer


New York City Probation Officer Joel Figueroa was recently awarded the 2022 NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services/Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives State Director's Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer. The award recognizes a probation officer's exceptional service, dedication, and professionalism within their department and community in New York State.

PO Figueroa lives the mission of helping transform relationships, improve social and emotional capacity, and elevate the employability of every young person under his care. His role has afforded him unique opportunities to collaborate with community partners in the support of the young people he supervises. PO Figueroa has translated the interests of his young people into opportunities to develop hands-on skills in support of their entrepreneurship goals.

During these uncertain times, PO Figueroa's resilience & courage has served as an inspiration to the young people he serves, his NYC Department of Probation colleagues, and the New York State public safety community-at-large. Please help us celebrate PO Figueroa's dedication and commitment to keeping New York City communities safe.




Mayoral Proclamation officially declaring July 17th - 23rd "Probation Week"


As part of National Pretrial, Parole, and Probation Week, Mayor Eric Adams recognized the life-changing work done by the NYC Department of Probation (DOP) and declared July 17-July 23, 2022 "Probation Week" in the city of New York. The Mayor joined Probation Commissioner Ana Bermudez in her agency-wide address and issued a Mayoral Proclamation celebrating the important work done by the officers and other staff, credible messenger mentors, and community partners.

Mayor Adams recognized DOP as a leader in guiding people along their journeys of change and positive growth: "Today, I am proud to commend this dynamic Department for its many contributions throughout the five boroughs. DOP has been instrumental in helping those under its care transform their lives, comply with their program requirements, and find opportunities to positively impact their neighborhoods. Through their robust offerings of various programs and initiatives, countless individuals have been able to develop meaningful vocational skills and receive counseling and mentorship that ensured their professional success."

My administration is committed to ensuring New York is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family, and we are doing so by using precision policing and precision prevention to forge safer, more united neighborhoods. The DOP has been crucial in actualizing this vision, and we will continue to rely on these dedicated and forward-thinking administrators, support staff, and (most of all) Probation Officers who comprise this agency. Their compassion, diligence, and professionalism have shaped the DOP and our justice system, and I look forward to all that they will accomplish on behalf of this vital department."




Mayor Eric Adam appoints Ana Bermúdez as Commissioner


My administration is committed to ensuring New York is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family, and we are doing so by using precision policing and precision prevention to forge safer, more united neighborhoods. The DOP has been crucial in actualizing this vision, and we will continue to rely on these dedicated and forward-thinking administrators, support staff, and (most of all) Probation Officers who comprise this agency. Their compassion, diligence, and professionalism have shaped the DOP and our justice system, and I look forward to all that they will accomplish on behalf of this vital department."