First Time Last Time Program part of the National Federation for Just Communities Inc., a highly effective alternative to incarceration for youth ages 16-21, received this one year, $75,000 grant from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services presented by Senator Patrick Gallivan(R) on Thurs. Oct 12, 2017.

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First Time/Last Time is designed to assist youth between the ages of 16-21 who become involved in the criminal justice system for the first time with the goal that this is the last time youth are in the criminal justice system.  The success rate of this unique program is over 90%.  First Time/Last Time helps restore young lives through its counseling component and its broad collaborative network of referrals.  Respected and widely utilized by the local judicial system and law enforcement community, the program serves the needs of hundreds of young people through Erie County on an annual basis.

A common theme of gratitude accompanied by hope prevails in the client-counselor relationship in the First Time/Last Time Program.  Following are excerpts from letters by clients to the First Time/Last Time Counselor:

“Not a day goes by where I do not reflect on my year with you and all the help and guidance you gave me.  I know I would not be where I am today if not for you.  You truly have a profession that can save lives and you definitely put my life back on the right track.  I cannot say thank you enough.”  Chris S.

“I am writing to let you know I have some Prayer Warriors praying for you and the Program that God will sustain you.  I love you and I would not be the person I am today without you having been a part of my life.”  Andrea W.

The First Time/Last Time Program continues to make substantial contributions in reducing criminal activity among our youth by redirecting young people to become more productive and contributing members of the Western New York community.
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