I am a young black male who has no record & involved in the community, yet nobody sees that so I’m left with no immunity.
— Keron, youth leader


We believe in the power of youth and community to shape our neighborhoods so everyone can be safe, thrive and fulfill their potential. Youth are most knowledgeable about what they need to succeed in life. Unfortunately, too many of our youth of color are being pushed out of schools, jobs and careers and into our broken criminal justice system.

The Young People Moving Power programs work to transform the lives of our young people who have been formerly incarcerated and/or at high-risk of arrest, detention or incarceration. There are three programs, two that we run (Next Steps and NuLeaders Academy) and one that is run by partner organization H.O.L.L.A!

We engage in mutual, intentional and intensive collaboration with families, community stakeholders and community institutions to strengthen social supports, opportunities and relationships that will help young people reach their full potential.

Join Us

Next STEPS accepts referrals of all youth age 16-24 living in or near NYCHA housing in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick. If interested contact Chino at 718-484-5884, chardin@centerfornuleadership.org, or drop by the Next STEPS office and talk to Chino, Wednesday through Friday after 3pm, at 510 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn 11216. Accessible via the A train at Nostrand Avenue, or the following bus routes: B15, B43, B44, B52, B57.

More Info

The Interactive Journaling approach guiding Next STEPS mentoring activities has proven effective in promoting crucial life changes among a variety of high-risk populations, including young adults age 18-24.

Studies have found engagement in Interactive Journaling to be correlated with

  • Self-reported positive changes in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Reductions in alcohol and drug use and substance-related criminal behavior
  • Reductions in recidivism and arrests

To date, Next STEPS has consistently exceeded the Department of Probation’s enrollment milestones, with 95% average group attendance and two-thirds of all intakes in the voluntary program either successfully completing services or remaining active.