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May 28, 2024

COLLAGE:Dealing in Second Chances: A Legacy Almost 50 Years in the Making

Now in his 70s, Rodriguez is looking to retire, passing on the legacy of AFJ to Frederick –– whom he has been training for 20 years. “It’s important for me to put somebody in my place who believes in my mission, and she does,” he said. “She understands my mission to help as many kids as I can across the city.”

April 16, 2024

Delaware State Students Share Their University Experiences

The gathering was part of the Avenues for Justice youth crime prevention organization’s effort to aid 13- to 24-year-olds in the criminal justice system or living in at-risk communities.

March 26, 2024

MacKenzie Scott Has Now Given Away $16.5 Billion with New Grants Announced, Since Divorcing Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

An organization set up to help her navigate this problem, Yield Giving, recently completed an open call process for a grant money giveaway wherein Scott donated double the millions she originally earmarked—in the end, helping 361 charities and nonprofits with grants of one to two million dollars each.

March 21, 2024

MacKenzie Scott Doubles Down On Philanthropy Pledge With $640M in Gifts

Co-founder Angel Rodriguez in a statement described the donation as “truly a testament to the dedication of our amazing staff, and most importantly, the resilience of our participants.”

March 6, 2024

Keeping Young People Out of Prison – and On a Better Path – for 45 Years

An interview with longtime Avenues for Justice executive director Angel Rodriguez.

December 27, 2023

DEUTSCHE WELLE: Young and Homeless in New York

For many, New York City is a place of dreams. But John Torres knows it's darker sides. He and his family live in one of the city's homeless shelters.

December 14, 2023

PIX11: Avenues for Justice on PIX11 with Monica Morales

HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) — A Harlem man who was formerly incarcerated is now making it his life mission to help others after prison.

December 7, 2023

INQUEST: No More Family Policing

Marginalized children and their families bear the brunt, and the harms, of a system that many now agree should be dismantled.

November 27, 2023

Monica Makes it Happen Show: Khaliah Ali, Jim Jones, Avenues for Justice

Pix11 News celebrated Avenues for Justice’s, along with 2023 AFJ Andrew Glover Justice award honoree Khaliah Ali’s, work in the community on the "Monica Makes It Happen" show which aired on November 27, 2023. Director of Court Advocacy, Gamal Willis, was also awarded the Pix11 Community Hero honor, along with Khaliah Ali, and HipHop legends Jim Jones and JaRule.

October 26, 2023

YOUTH TODAY: Giving first-time juvenile offenders avenues away from detention in New York

AFJ’s program shows young people possibilities that many often feel aren’t available to them because of who they are and where they’re from, said Felicia Forster, business development representative at Building Skills, a nonprofit connecting underemployed populations to construction training and job opportunities.

May 19, 2023

MEDIUM: Formerly Incarcerated Mothers Gain A Second Chance At Life With Avenues For Justice

For reasons often out of their control, informed by trauma-induced circumstances wound up making adverse decisions and finding family in the streets. These remarkable women were also given a second chance through an Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) program in New York City called Avenues for Justice.

May 8, 2023

ABC7 Eyewitness News: Protect Our Children: Surviving the System

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Join Eyewitness News anchor Shirleen Allicot for a special focusing on children caught up in the foster care and juvenile justice systems - Protect Our Children: Surviving the System. FEATURING Avenues for Justice!

April 25, 2023

PHILANTHROPY NEWS DIGEST: Addressing Mental Health for Nonprofit Program Participants and Staff

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the enormous demand for mental health care has made referrals to providers cumbersome and often difficult to navigate, especially for New Yorkers facing economic hardships.

April 23, 2023

AUTHORITY MAGAZINE: Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Elizabeth Frederick of Avenues for Justice Is Helping To Change Our World

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Elizabeth Frederick, Avenues for Justice.

April 19, 2023

MEDIUM: Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Elsie Flores of Avenues for Justice Is Helping To Change Our World

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Elsie Flores.

February 24, 2023

FORBES: Why Alternatives To Incarceration Like AFJ Are Good For Communities

If there is a solution that saves taxpayers’ money and prevents people from being incarcerated, why isn’t the solution being more widely used?

February 15, 2023

ESSENCE: NBA Awards Grant To AFJ For Pushing Back Against The Incarceration Of Black Youth


January 10, 2023

Executive Director Angel Rodriguez featured in Cerini Associates Nonprofit Trend Guide

Executive Director Angel Rodriguez featured in Cerini Associates Nonprofit Trend Guide