About Us

The Raise the Age NY Campaign includes over one hundred diverse organizations from across New York State, including formerly incarcerated youth and their families, child advocates, service providers, faith leaders, legal services groups, and unions. Our work draws both on the lessons learned in 48 other states and the wealth of scientific research on adolescent and brain development. 

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On April 10, New York Governor Cuomo signed into law the “Raise the Age” legislation that was included as part of the State Budget.  Thanks to this “Raise the Age” legislation, tens of thousands of New York’s youth who make a mistake will be treated in an age-appropriate manner, offering them an opportunity to turn their lives around. This victory is due in large part to the formerly incarcerated youth and their families, faith leaders, members of the legal community, direct service providers, and advocates who made their voices heard for many years.

While no legislation is perfect, we applaud Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie and members of the Assembly, the Senate Majority, Minority and Independent Democratic Caucus, and the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus for passing this smart-on-crime legislation.

We are committed to continuing to work with our elected officials to make sure that New York does right by the rest of our youth and heeds the scientific research that shows the juvenile system works best for teenagers and our communities.

Who We Are

Raise the Age NY is a public awareness campaign for fair and effective criminal justice policies in New York that improve outcomes for children and public safety. Campaign members include national and local advocates, youth, parents, law enforcement and legal representative groups, faith leaders, and unions that have come together to increase public awareness of New York state’s new Raise the Age law and the need to ensure that its implementation creates a legal process that responds to all children as children and meets the rehabilitative needs of all children and youth.

Lead group members:
Center for Community Alternatives |  @CCA_NY
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York | @CCCNewYork
Correctional Association of New York | @CANY_1844
Families Together in NYS | @ftnys
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies |  @FPWA
Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy | @SchuylerCenter
The Children’s Agenda | @ChildrensAgenda 
The Children’s Defense Fund – New York |  @CDFNewYork
The Fund for Modern Courts | @ModernCourts
Westchester Children’s Association | @wca4kids
Youth Represent | @YouthRepresent
With support from: SparkAction | @sparkaction
 
Additional supporters to date:
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
32BJ SEIU
Alternatives for Battered Women
American Friends Service Committee (NY)
Amnesty International
Arab American Association of NY
Association for Community Living, Inc.
Association of NYS Youth Bureaus
Association to Benefit Children
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice  
Black Lives Matter – Greater New York
Bronx Christian Fellowship Church
Bronx Clergy Roundtable
Brooklyn Community Services
Brooklyn Defender Services
Campaign for Youth Justice 
Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
Casa Rochester/Monroe County, Inc.
Center for Children’s Initiatives
Child Welfare Organizing Project
Children’s Village
Citizens Action of New York
City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau
Coalition for Education Justice
Coalition for the Homeless
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Commission on the Public’s Health System
Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Communities United for Police Reform
Community Connections for Youth
Community Service Society
Community Voices for Youth and Families
Crossway Church
Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York
Equal Justice Initiative
Every Child Matters LI
Faith in New York
Families On The Move of NYC, Inc.
First Corinthian Baptist Church
Forestdale Inc.
Gamaliel New York 
Good Shepherd Services
Graham Windham
Harlem Children’s Zone
Herstory Writers Workshop
Human Rights Watch 
Human Services Council
Incarcerated Nation Corp.
Jewish Child Care Association
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club
Labor- Religion Coalition of New York 
Lawyers for Children
Leake &Watts Services, Inc.
Legal Action Center
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Lutheran Family Health Centers
Make the Road New York
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.
MFY Legal Services, Inc.
MomsRising
Montefiore School Health Program
National Association of Social Workers – New York State
National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
NASW-NYC 
New York American Academy of Pediatrics, District II
New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc.
New York Center for Juvenile Justice
New York Civil Liberties Union
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New York Immigration Coalition 
New York Society for Ethical Culture
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health
New York State Coalition for School-Based Health Centers
New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
New York Council of Churches 
New York Theological Seminary
NYC Jails Action Coalition
Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
Partnership for the Public Good
Partners in Restorative Initiatives
Reform Jewish Voice 
Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society (Roc/ACTS)
Save the Kids
SCO Family of Services
SparkAction
Staten Island Council on Child Abuse and Neglect
S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. 
Teachers Unite
The Black Institute
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES)
The Children’s Aid Society
The Door 
The Fortune Society
The Gathering for Justice/ Justice League NYC
The Legal Aid Society
The National Alliance for Mental Illness-New York State 
The New York Foundling
The New York Immigration Coalition
The New York State Dispute Resolution Association 
The Osborne Association
The Partnership For Public Good
Tremont United Methodist Church
United Neighborhood Houses
Unique People Services
Uniting Disabled Individuals, Inc
Urban Health Plan, Inc.
Urban Justice Center
Urban Youth Collaborative
VOCAL-NY
Women’s City Club of New York
William F. Ryan Community Health Network
YA-YA Network (Youth Activists-Youth Allies)
YOUTH POWER!