Friends of Island Academy
Friends of Island Academy is a nonprofit center for youth development dedicated to breaking cycles of incarceration. We extend our reach into the communities most impacted by disproportionate justice system involvement. Friends was founded in 1990 by a group of committed New York City education, correction and social service professionals who sought to address recidivism rates and demographic realities among the thousands of adolescents who attend school on Rikers Island every year. We focus our work on youth who attend school while incarcerated, providing them with pre- and post-release supports to guide their trajectory to becoming economically independent young adults, connected to their communities in positive ways.