exalt is the only organization designed specifically for youth involved in the criminal justice system in which youth participate by choice versus compliance. We serve 150 youth ages 15-19 annually; 65% boys and 35% girls. 80% of our students are Black (including Caribbean and African as well as African American); and 20% are Latino.
Though exalt is a city-wide organization, consistent with patterns of arrest rates, program participants come from NYC’s poorest zip codes, and all face a host of barriers such as multi-generational poverty, foster care involvement, low educational skills, incarcerated parent(s), racial marginalization, and living in households with little support in which they are often caregivers for siblings or sick relatives.
click here to see video one of who we serve.
click here to see video two of who we serve.