Resource Directory

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.

Books Not Bars

Books Not Bars fights to redirect California's resources away from youth incarceration and towards youth opportunities. We engage in grassroots campaigns using media advocacy, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and alliance building.

Breakaway Outreach

Breakaway Outreach is a national non-profit organization reaching at-risk youth and incarcerated teens with the Gospel through a myriad of culturally diverse programs.

Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

CJJ members work to build safe communities one child at a time. With this vision in mind, CJJ serves as a premier national resource on delinquency prevention and juvenile justice issues. CJJ is based in Washington, DC, yet reaches every U.S. state and territory. Nationwide, more than 1,500 CJJ volunteers from the public and private sectors- professionals, concerned citizens, and advocates for children and families, and youth themselves- participate as members of state advisory groups on juvenile justice.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

CSGV emerged from the civil rights movement in the early 1970s and pushes a progressive agenda to reduce firearm death and injury. We were founded on the principle of collaboration, meaning that we work closely with other organizations to achieve our common goals.

Colorado C.U.R.E.

CURE began in San Antonio, Texas in 1972. A dozen citizens, all families of prisoners or concerned citizens, were anxious to make changes to abolish the death penalty and went to the state legislature in Austin to work toward change. In 1975, CURE organized formally with an annual convention and a constitution. In 1985, CURE expanded to become a formal national organization and moved to Washington, D.C. Under the able direction of Charlie and Pauline Sullivan, CURE is recognized as the leading organization making efforts to reduce crime through criminal justice reform. Colorado-CURE was founded in 1990 and many of the original board are still active today.


Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants is a nation-wide grass roots organization dedicated to reducing crime through reform of the criminal justice system.

Dallas Can Academy

Thousands of at-risk Texas youth are overcoming the odds and succeeding with the relationship-based education of Texans Can! Our students know that earning a high school diploma is the foundation for a brighter future. We help students and families achieve their dreams trough a unique, one-on-one educational model that is adaptable to each student's needs.

Depressed Teens is an educational site dedicated to help teenagers and their parents and educators understand the signs and symptoms of teenage depression and provide resources for those ready to reach out and get the help they need.

Educators for Social Responsibility

ESR helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments. We also help educators work with young people to develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities.

Families Northwest

Families Northwest partners with communities to strengthen families and marriages, building stronger homes for children. We are witnessing our vision unfold in the lives of families and children in our communities by successfully pursuing this vision through Advocacy - A positive voice for family and marriage; Resources - Researching, coordinating and sharing strategies for improving marriage and family life; and Training - Transforming communities by training leaders and families.

Fatherhood Educational Institute

The purpose of the Fatherhood Educational Institute is to introduce indigent and incarcerated fathers regarding fatherhood through the use of clinical and related educational tools to promote fatherhood in poverty stricken neighborhoods and in the general public through events and any other means of educating the public on the importance of patriarchal involvement in children's lives.

Fortune Society

The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from prison.

Gang Prevention and Intervention

Gang intervention and prevention programs focusing on positive relationships, conflict resolution, self-esteem, and personal responsibility have helped kids get out of gangs and get on track to a better way of life. This site will look at some of the nation's best gang prevention and intervention programs by schools and communities.

Gang Resistance Education and Training

The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The program's primary objective is prevention and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.

Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships is a violence prevention curriculum that helps students to analyze the culture of violence that condones abusive behavior is the first step towards empowering them to create the violence-free culture of tomorrow.

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries mission is to assist at-risk and former gang involved youth to become contributing members of our community through a variety of services in response to their multiple needs. Free programs -- including counseling, education, tattoo removal, job training and job placement -- enable young people to redirect their lives and provide them with hope for their futures.

Hope Literacy

Texas HOPE Literacy, Inc. is a faith based organization dedicated to empowering at-risk children, youth, and adults to become productive citizens in today's world. Hope Literacy is dedicated to providing churches, prison systems and community service organizations with customized program models designed to meet needs brought about by illiteracy and learning disabilities.

Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior

The mission of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior (IVDB) is to empower schools and social service agencies to address violence and destructive behavior, at the point of school entry and beyond, in order to ensure safety and to facilitate the academic achievement and healthy social development of children and youth.

International Institute for Restorative Practices

Restorative practices is an emerging social science that enables people to restore and build community in an increasingly disconnected world. The emerging field of "restorative practices" offers a common thread to tie together theory, research and practice in seemingly disparate fields, such as education, counseling, criminal justice, social work and organizational management.

Mothers Against Injustice

Mothers Against Injustice is a non-profit organization of mothers, fathers, grandparents, and others who care about the future of our youth. We invite people of all ages, races and creeds to join us in our quest for justice. Our mission is to help first time juvenile offenders locate legal assistance and religious counseling in an attempt to keep them out of the system.

National Crime Prevention Council

The National Crime Prevention Council's mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies, including Publications and teaching materials on a variety of topics; Programs that can be implemented in communities and schools; Local, regional, and national trainings; Public service announcements broadcast nationwide starring McGruff the Crime Dog; and Support for a national coalition of crime prevention practitioners

National Criminal Justice Association

The NCJA represents state, tribal and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues. Its members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, victim-witness services and educational institutions to federal, state and local elected officials. The NCJA is a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy since its founding in 1971.

Northern California Service League

NCSL is a non-profit agency. We have worked inside and outside of San Francisco Jails and California State Prisons and criminal justice for 59 years. Our mission is to reduce crime by helping offenders and ex-offenders become responsible and productive citizens.

Northwest Regional Education Laboratory

Focusing on priority educational needs in the region, the NW Regional Educational Laboratory conducts programs and projects under four Centers of Excellence, providing services in the areas of classroom teaching and learning; school and district improvement; school, family, and community; and research, evaluation, and assessment.

OAR of Fairfax County

Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) of Fairfax County, Inc. is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. OAR's mission is to rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime by providing opportunities, alternatives, and resources to offenders and their families.

Offender Preparation & Education Network, Inc.

OPEN's mission is to improve public safety by reducing adult repeat crime through the creation and distribution of educational materials that promote responsible behavior. OPEN fulfills its mission by: Developing educational materials and programs; Providing consultative and specialized training services; Sharing our perspective on current topics in corrections; and encouraging the exchange of ideas and information between corrections professionals through our free newsletter, INSIGHTS.


The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.

Oregon Social Learning Center

The non-profit Oregon Social Learning Center is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research center dedicated to increasing the scientific understanding of social and psychological processes related to healthy development and family functioning. We apply that understanding to the design and evaluation of interventions that strengthen children, adolescents, families, and communities.

Parenting is Prevention

A Family Guide To Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy & Drug Free is a public education Web site developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to communicate to parents and other caring adults about how they can help promote their child's mental health and reduce his or her risk for becoming involved with alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

Partnership Against Violence Network

Partnerships Against Violence Network is a "virtual library" of information about violence and youth-at-risk, representing data from seven different Federal agencies. Violence prevention professionals can communicate and share resources through the Pavnet mailgroup.

Peace Between People

Peace Between People is the local "Alternatives to Violence Project" (AVP) organization, part of an international network offering experiential workshops in creative conflict resolution and personal growth. AVP's transformative workshops emphasize community building, communication skills, problem solving, affirmation of self and others, and cooperation.

Peace Education Foundation

The Peace Education Foundation's mission is to educate children and adults in the dynamics of conflict and promote skills of peacemaking in our homes, schools, our community, the nation, and the world. From our website, you can download research documentation, FAQs and a White Paper on who we are, State Standards correlations, resources produced by participants in our trainings, and pre/post tests; research and purchase our products; and make a donation or support a school.

Prison Creative Arts Project

Founded in 1990, The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) is committed to original work in the arts in Michigan correctional facilities, juvenile facilities, urban high schools, and communities across the state. Our process is guided by respect and a spirit of collaboration in which vulnerability, risk and improvisation lead to discovery.

S.K.I.P. Inc.

The mission of Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents is to provide supportive services to children of incarcerated parents and their families, and to increase public awareness of the underlying problems of these children as victims. The purpose of the SKIP program is to help children ("Skippers") of incarcerated parents and their families better cope with separation due to incarceration; to maintain family ties, and to break the cycle of incarceration by: informing the community at large of the underlying problems of children with incarcerated parents and the necessity of community support and increasing family awareness of community services and support that are available to them.

Salvation Army

Through cooperative arrangements with prison, probation, and parole officials throughout the country, The Salvation Army plays a growing role in prison rehabilitation and crime prevention. In some jurisdictions, prisoners are paroled to the direct custody of The Salvation Army. Services include Bible correspondence courses, prerelease job-training programs, employment opportunities in cooperation with parole personnel, material aid, and spiritual guidance to both prisoners and their families.

San Jose Peace Center

Since 1957, the San Jose Peace Center has educated thousands of local people to critical issues of peace and justice. Throughout its history, the Peace Center has been a consistent voice for alternatives to the ever increasing violence and militarism taking place through out the world.

Shoplifter's Alternative

The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention offers prevention and education for use by retailers, law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice, crime prevention practitioners, educators, media, etc., as well as rehabilitation and support for individuals dealing with a shoplifting problem.

St. Leonard's Society of Canada

Since 1967, SLSC has helped released prisoners establish themselves in Canadian communities safely and effectively. The goals of SLSC are to assist persons in conflict with the law and prevent recidivism by facilitating member agencies to provide educational programs, industrial workshops, community residential centres and such other supportive programs as may be approved by the Directors of the Corporation; to prevent crime by promoting, developing and implementing improved policies, procedures and service delivery within the criminal justice system; to promote acceptance of responsibility and accountability by persons in conflict with the law, in order to change behavior that contributes to; and To help the community understand its responsibility in both the incidence of crime and in the manner in which society responds to it.

Stop the Violence

Stop The Violence, Face The Music ( USA ) was created with the purpose of educating youth, providing educational materials, offering counseling services, educational programs and school interactive presentations, as well as providing non-violent messages through the use of counseling services, literature, educational programs, music, videos and public education awareness campaigns. We are a recognized, publicly supported, charitable non-profit organization registered in the United States.

STOP Violence

The Stop Violence Coalition of Kansas City is part of Synergy Services, Inc., a Kansas City based non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the individual, family, and community through crisis intervention, shelter, counseling, advocacy and education. Prior to an October 2005 merger, STOP Violence was an independently functioning non-profit organization. STOP was founded in 1982 by violence prevention advocate and author SuEllen Fried. The merger with Synergy Services provided the STOP Violence programs more resources and a greater opportunity to thrive in the company of other programs and individuals with a similar mission and goal: the elimination of violence in our community.

Student Transition And Recovery Program

S.T.A.R. Programs, Inc. is a company that licenses, implements, and maintains a unique disciplinary program for schools and juvenile courts interested in a proven, cost-effective alternative to the incarceration, suspension or expulsion of at-risk youth. Where currently implemented, S.T.A.R. has drastically reduced juvenile offenses and referrals to the office for disciplinary problems; all while improving academic performance. These results are realized at a cost much less than traditional methods of treating youthful offenders or less effective "boot camp" programs.


Washington State is leading the nation with TeamChild, a program proven to be successful in helping youth in trouble. A high percentage of juvenile offenders struggle with untreated mental illness, addiction, learning disabilities, and unsafe living environments. Many young people can be diverted from delinquency or other trouble if their basic needs are met-but they often can't access the community-based services they need to get on the right track. TeamChild makes a difference for youth in trouble by helping them get the services they need to change their lives and addressing the underlying causes of juvenile delinquency by advocating for education, mental and medical health services, safe living situations and other supports.

Tenants Union

Created in 1977 by volunteers, the Tenants Union of Washington State (TU) has built a dedicated membership base and steadfastly sustained grassroots social change organizing. The TU challenges and transforms unjust housing conditions and housing policies through empowerment-based education, leadership development, and community organizing and tenant ownership.

Texas Youth Commission

The goals of TYC are: to protect the public, and control the commission of unlawful acts by youth committed to the agency by confining them under conditions that ensure their basic healthcare and emphasize their positive development, accountability for their conduct and discipline training. ; to habilitate youth committed to the agency to become productive and responsible citizens who are prepared for honorable employment through ongoing education and workforce development programs; to rehabilitate youth committed to the agency and re-establish them in society through a competency-based program of Resocialization; and to study problems of juvenile delinquency, focus public attention on special solutions for problems, and assist in developing, strengthening, and coordinating programs aimed at preventing delinquency.

The Bureau for At-risk Youth

This trusted line of prevention programs focuses on the complex issues facing urban and at-risk youth. These programs come in a wide variety of media- books, pamphlets, games, videos/DVDs- making them effective in reaching youth who have diverse social, emotional and physical needs.

The Coroner's Report

A collection of resources on gang intervention and prevention. Contains a parent resource guide, street gang dynamics, training and consulting, and more.

The Fremont Public Association

We are dedicated to achieving a just and caring community, free from poverty, prejudice and neglect by: Developing and providing creative, comprehensive and effective responses to our community's needs; Offering quality human services in a manner that promotes dignity; Advocating for public policies and private initiatives that give all people equal opportunities and resources; and Supporting the efforts of others who share our vision of community.

The Lionheart Foundation

The Lionheart Foundation works with both prisoners and at-risk youth. Through various projects, we are dedicated bringing prisoners the tools, the opportunity, and the inspiration to heal while incarcerated. We are also committed to helping at risk youth gain the emotional social, and behavioral skills necessary for creating more positive and constructive futures.