Welcome to Esperanza

Esperanza is a multi-faceted organization dedicated to youth, families, and communities. Esperanza is exploring ways to safely reduce reliance on out-of-home placement for court-involved youth by offering a community-based alternative to incarceration throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Esperanza began delivering direct services in 2002 as part of the City’s efforts to reduce the number of young people placed outside of their homes on delinquency cases in Family Court.

We have since expanded to serving young people who are prosecuted as adults in Supreme/Criminal Court. Our home-based, direct-service program includes up to six months of intensive therapy for youth and their families, as well as case and crisis management. Esperanza’s Education Initiative is an integral part of our direct services and aims to ensure that all of our young people are in appropriate educational settings and receiving the support services they need.

What We Do

Esperanza is a community-based alternative to detention, placement and incarceration program for young people involved in the justice system. Learn more about what we do.

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Who We Are

Esperanza has been in existence since 2002. Learn more about our History, Mission and Board of Directors!

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Esperanza works closely with various government agencies and community-based organizations. Learn more about these relationships and our funders.

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What Esperanza Participants and Parents Say

I was happy that [my son] was getting a chance to start all over again— in way it was like a new beginning. When he became an honor student, I was like, oh wow, his counselor was so happy, I don’t know who was more happy. But she has helped us through so much, I was glad that she would always include the kids, even the little one. [The counselor] did it as a family, because she wanted to pull us together. I really appreciate all that Esperanza has done for my family; I will be expecting good things for my child.
–Esperanza Parent

My life drastically changed for the better thanks to Esperanza and staff. Esperanza was the best thing that happened to me.
-Esperanza Participant

Esperanza is a very helpful program where opportunities are opened for the future.
-Esperanza Participant

I just want to say thank you to our counselor, she has done a tremendous job with my child. He has opened up to her—he’s never been a child to talk, but he’s opened up to her. I’m going to miss her… And thank you to the Esperanza staff for helping us when we needed it most.
–Esperanza Parent