exalt is unique.
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 180 youth ages 15-19 annually - 70% young men and 30% young women. Over 90% of our participants are Black (Caribbean, African, and African American) or 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.