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The Door Receives Grant from Manhattan District Attorney

The Door is proud to announce that it has been awarded a 4 year, $6.49 million grant to build a “Youth Opportunity Hub”, funded through the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”).

Today, Julie Shapiro, the Executive Director of The Door, spoke at a press event held by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. in The Door’s Center Space.  We’d like to share her remarks, plus a statement from D.A. Vance. You can also visit our Facebook page to check out some photos of the event.

Julie Shapiro’s Remarks

I’m very pleased to host today’s event, and to welcome you all.  Today is a great day for the young people who live throughout Manhattan who need, and deserve, every opportunity to achieve their full potential.  We are absolutely delighted to be awarded a Youth Opportunity Hub grant. 

So thank you District Attorney Vance for your vision, and for your substantial investment in young people. This initiative doesn’t step in after young people are in trouble.  The Youth Hubs focus on their strengths and on access to opportunity as the best way to help them achieve their goals. The approach of this initiative is positive, supportive, and holistic – an approach that we at The Door see work every day.

Our Youth Opportunity Hub reflects your imaginative design, with its strong emphasis on partnership and collaboration.  The Door’s Hub will bring together 11 fantastic partners – 9 provider agencies Arms Acres, Avenues for Justice, CASES, Fresh Youth Initiatives, The New York Foundling, Per Scholas, Project Renewal, Sheltering Arms, and our sister organization, University Settlement – as well as two world-renowned arts institutions, The Whitney Museum and Carnegie Hall.

At The Door, our unique model shows that when we make it easy for our young people to access genuine opportunities as well as vital, comprehensive supports, they will grab them with both hands and change their lives.  

So, thank you again D.A. Vance, for your leadership, your confidence in The Door and all of our partners, and your deep care for Manhattan’s young people.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.’s Statement

The role of law enforcement in the 21st century is not merely to arrest and prosecute. We can deliver greater public safety and healthier communities if we prevent young people from coming into contact with the justice system in the first place. The ill-gotten gains seized in our financial crime prosecutions represent a windfall opportunity to prevent crime by investing in our youth. I am thrilled to invest these funds in 100 of New York’s most venerable youth and family service organizations in East Harlem, Central and West Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. By creating attractive spaces offering one-stop resources and serving thousands of additional young people and families, we can help build the strongest generation of New Yorkers yet.


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