TRENTON, NJ – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Tuesday a “transformative” step in New Jersey’s juvenile justice system through the creation of a Community-Based Services Consortium that will bring a wide array of pro-social programs to youth in secure care settings and residential community homes operated by the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC). The Attorney General’s Office hopes the skills, habits and knowledge that young people develop through these activities will foster self-esteem and resilience while also strengthening ties to their communities.
The JJC manages a continuum of care that includes three secure facilities and 10 residential community homes that provide programming, support and opportunities designed to help youth grow and thrive, and return home as independent and productive members of their communities. Bordentown is home to two of the secure facilities, a male facility and a female facility, which are both located at the Johnstone Campus on Burlington Street. The Johnstone Campus also includes one of the JJC’s residential community homes.
Last year, the JJC announced its intent to develop a consortium of community-based service providers to engage youth in a variety activities that support personal growth and development. A competitive funding opportunity resulted in the selection of 17 providers, including a Bordentown-based organization, with a focus on those in locations where JJC youth will reside when they return home. The providers all have strong ties to their communities and have made significant investments to support and transform individuals and families.
In early 2021, consortium members will begin providing services in the categories of art and design, media, sports and physical recreation, language arts, music, culture, drama and theater and self-care and wellness.
Sheltered Yoga, based in Bordentown, was one of the providers chosen to participate in the new consortium. Sheltered Yoga offers unique, evidence-based, trauma-informed, social-emotional learning classes through a specialized multi-disciplinary curriculum of yoga, mindfulness, meditation and journaling. It strives to develop increased confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, self-love and a decrease in anxiety and depression. Sheltered Yoga currently brings its health and wellness programs to shelters, alternative and at-risk/high crime public schools, transitional housing facilities, group homes, public housing and prisons in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York.
“Bringing more community-based services to the young people in our state’s residential care facilities will not only help prepare them for success when they return home, but will also reduce recidivism,” said Attorney General Grewal. “Our Juvenile Justice Commission continues to build on the transformational work it is doing to improve the lives of justice-involved youth in our state and reduce the number of young people in its care.”
For more information about Bordentown's Sheltered Yoga, visit their website HERE.