What People Are Saying

Judges, lawyers, journalists, and the teens themselves attest to the success of Avenues for Justice, formerly Andrew Glover Youth Program.

“At a time when the incarceration rate in America is the highest of any nation in the world…AFJ has questioned the status quo to become one of our most successful and cost-effective crime prevention programs.”
- Eric Holder, 82nd U.S. Attorney General

"No program I have ever worked with or heard about has more credibility with attorneys or judges than the Andrew Glover Youth Program."
- Douglas Lyons, Attorney

"The Andrew Glover Youth Program may be a model to follow. It fills many of the roles of an effective criminal justice system, including punishment, counseling, and rehabilitation.”
- The New York Times

"The Glover Program provides indispensable neighborhood services to troubled youth.”
- Michael A. Corriero, Former Presiding Judge of the Manhattan Criminal Court's Youth Part

"Angel, where do I begin to thank you? You blessed me with a golden opportunity. This May, I will receive a Bachelor of Arts. I will shed tears of joy on graduation day as I remember the young, ignorant, troubled boy that Angel Rodriguez saved!”
- Juan, Andrew Glover Graduate

"Judges have come to rely upon Angel, his integrity and the Andrew Glover Program as a truly meaningful and worthwhile alternative to incarceration.”
- Leslie Crocker Snyder, Judge (ret.)

"This program provides a vital service not only to the youth who come for help, but the judicial system and community as a whole. The staff has enabled many young people to make significant and lasting changes in their lives."
- Linda Hirsch, Social Worker

"The fact that I consistently release defendants to you is behavioral evidence of the high regard I have for the Glover Program."
- Bernard Fried, Judge

"I was greatly impressed with everything I saw. The concepts are exciting, the people truly dedicated."
- Phillip Heymann, Professor, Harvard Law School

"All the love, all the support, all the time, all the effort that Angel put into me, it worked. He never gave up on me. My number one dream is to give back, as much as I was given."
- Elsie Flores, Youth Worker and Former Client

"This is a program that really works. The only one I know of that does. Working from the premise that the individual, no matter how disadvantaged, must accept personal responsibility for his actions, the program has had dramatic success.”
- Alain Bourgeois, Judge

Photo: Marty Umans