Making Referrals

1. Ensure Youth Meet Program Requirements

Once you've identified someone who might be able to participate in the Right Turn Program, make sure they meet our eligability requirements:

  • Between the ages of 16-24
  • Have previous or current juvenile justice system involvement OR be be at risk for being involved with the juvenile justice system
  • Live in the City of Syracuse

2. Review and Provide Youth with the Right Turn Program Information Sheet or refer them to our website

  • Remind youth that participating in the Right Turn Program is by invitation only
  • Attend an informational meeting about joining the program
    • Informational meetings take place every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Southwest Community Center (401 south Avenue).
    • If youth cannot meet at the Southwest, the information meeting can be held at an alternative location.

3. Send Referral to Right Turn Case Manager

If the youth identifies interest in the program, reach out the the program coordinator Derrick Zalewski at d.zalewski@sunyocc.edu or 315-498-2910.

For more information on the Right Turn Program, visit the Institute for Educational Leadership's website.