In 2013, CNUS was contracted by the NYC Department of Probation (DOP) to provide
technical assistance in developing community engagement capacity for Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeON) – community-based DOP offices in Harlem, South Bronx, Brookyn, Queens and Staten Island.
For 6 months, we worked with each of the six NeON’s leadership (Assistant Commissioners, Branch Chiefs, Supervising Probation Officers) on how to build capacity and develop innovative strategies for community engagement/participation, client engagement and development of NeON Community Stakeholder Groups.
We designed four intensive day-long Information Exchange Sessions followed by on-site coaching sessions, all of which proved powerful, transformative and fun.
We will continue this important and exciting work with the NYC Department of Probation in 2014 with the NeON Community Stakeholder Groups, probation officers and youth on probation.
FAQ: What is a NeON?
“NeON stands for Neighborhood Opportunity Network, and is a community-based DOP office that works with a network of educators, local businesses, community organizations, government agencies, and community residents to link probation clients to local opportunities, resources and services.
The NeON redefines how and where DOP works with probation clients. The NeON focuses on: Networks – linking clients to organizations and individuals to expand their access to quality education, work and community engagement; Client Engagement – working with clients and their families in the neighborhoods where they live; and Community Engagement – working with the community to craft good solutions to complex problems by identifying and building on individual and community assets and strengths.” — NYC DOP
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