FOIA executive director Beth Navon (above), on its web site declares:

This has been such an exciting year for Friends of Island Academy’s growth and development, serving over 300 youth, male and female, aged 10-21, released from the juvenile or criminal justice system. . . Thanks to corporate, foundation, and individual donors we are able to offer a holistic and comprehensive array of services beginning while the youth are incarcerated.

For more about its current programs, visit its web site at or write it at 500 8th Avenue, Suite 1209, NY, NY 10018 or phone 212-760-0755.

The Austin H. MacCormick
Island Academy
is a NYC Board of Education
alternative school serving
sentenced male adolescents
on Rikers Island.

To help these and other Rikers students succeed in restructuring their lives after release,

Barbara Ostrove Grodd
the Friends of Island Academy was founded in 1989 to offer support services.

The NY Correction History Society is grateful to FOIA's co-founder Barbara Ostrove Grodd and its executive director Beth Navon for providing the materials used in this NYCHS presentation on their organization's origins and development.

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