Welcome to Esperanza

Esperanza is an alternative to incarceration program for court-involved youth throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Our program provides comprehensive services for young people and their families, including intensive therapy, and case and crisis management.

We prevent barriers to service access by conducting therapy sessions in the home and around the family’s schedule. And we work to ensure that all of our participants are in appropriate educational settings where they can receive 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