A Brooklyn-based diversion program
serving at-risk female-identified, LGBTQ & GNC young people, ages 12-18

JustUs is a gender-responsive diversion program for girls and LGBTQ+ young people who are either involved, or at high risk of involvement, in the juvenile legal system.

Our highly skilled team works with young people and their chosen support system to create and follow through with an individualized, holistic plan aimed at helping them thrive. By hearing and meeting young people where they are, we help them create the life they want. We center the lived experiences of the young people we support, focus on their healing and provide financial incentives to participate. We both work with young people on an one-on-one basis and work to create space where young people can come together to build community.

JoinUs or Refer Someone

OUR STORY // JustUs was born out of a task force started by the Vera Institute for Justice. Through this task force, New York City became interested in funding a demonstration program that was aimed at eradicating girl’s detention in the city. From there, Rising Ground’s STEPS to End Family Violence program and Girls for Gender Equity were chosen to execute a demonstration program. Follow us on Instagram @JustUsBrooklyn!

JustUs ServicesOUR SERVICES//


  • 1-to-1 client-centered therapy sessions


  • Money management & financial literacy training
  • Career readiness workshops
  • Workplace Pilot (6-week paid internship)


  • Weekly drop-in group sessions
  • 3 month cohort (self & community exploration)
  • 6 month cohort (activism & organizing)

Connect with JustUs //

Interested in joining or referring a young person to JustUs? Submit a form online here. For more information, please email diversionreferrals@risingground.org or call 646-891-8351.

After a young person is referred, our Intake Coordinator will reach out to them within 48 hours. The young person will have space to ask questions and decide
how they would like to proceed.

JustUs has a holistic, client-centered intake process. Our Intake Coordinator will connect with the young person over 3-6 intake session before they are
officially a part of the program.

We work together!
JustUs is a joint program between Rising Ground and Girls for Gender Equity!

Rising Ground’s STEPS to End Family Violence was founded by the legendary Sister Mary Nerney in 1986 after she convened a gathering of women incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility who testified to their histories of battering and its relationship to their criminal charges. STEPS has evolved into a holistic program of services for survivors of intimate partner and other forms of gender-based violence with widereaching focuses on healing, prevention, intervention, and policy advocacy. STEPS is part of Rising Ground, a leading nonprofit human services organization providing children, adults, and families in the greater New York City area, with the resources and skills needed to help them rise above adversity and positively direct their lives.

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is an intergenerational grassroots organization
committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing and physical fitness, GGE encourages  communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives. Learn more at www.ggenyc.org.