Direct Service


The Resilient Youth Collaborative (RYC) is a network of support for children of incarcerated parents in Poughkeepsie, New York. Currently, more than 105,000 children in New York State have a parent in jail or prison . Due to the stigma attached to people involved in the criminal justice system, these children can be faced with a diminished social network and a dearth of necessary social services. The goal of this community-based initiative is to raise this issue to public attention by mobilizing young activists across three college campuses in Poughkeepsie. Through partnerships with local schools, social media campaigns, and public educational opportunities, the Resilient Youth Collaborative brings these youth’s experiences to the forefront.