Our Mission

The mission of Esperanza is to create a safe and productive response to the challenges and needs of court-involved youth.

History

Founded in 2002 as a project of the Vera Institute of Justice and incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2006, Esperanza was established in response to the dismal outcomes of juvenile incarceration. These outcomes were highlighted in a 1999 study which showed that many young people were incarcerated for first-time, misdemeanor convictions, at a cost of up to $150,000 per year, and that 81% of youth released from New York State facilities were rearrested within three years. Drawing upon research demonstrating that intensive, home-based therapeutic counseling produces better outcomes at costs considerably lower than incarceration, Esperanza began its direct services working with young people charged in family court. Beginning in 2012, Esperanza began to accept youth up to eighteen years of age being prosecuted in Criminal/Supreme Court on felony charges, including fourteen and fifteen year olds being charged as Juvenile Offenders.

Board of Directors

  • Earl Ward
    Chair

    Partner, Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady, LLP

  • Dr. Albert Wildman
    Treasurer

    Professor of Business Administration, Swiss Management Center (SMC University)

  • Michael Jacobson
    Trustee

    Director, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

  • David Holman, Esq.
    Trustee

  • David Olsen
    Trustee

    Officer, Jump Trading

  • Karen Goldstein
    Trustee

    Counsel to the Executive Director, CUNY Institute of State and Local Governance

  • Greg Klemm
    Trustee

    Controller, Vera Institute of Justice

  • Jenny Kronenfeld
    President & Executive Director

  • Casey Eiseman
    Secretary

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