Friends of Island Academy reaches out to incarcerated youth on Rikers Island and detention facilities throughout New York, so that when they are released, they have a mentor to help them make choices to keep them safe and away from activities that encourage recidivism. Friends helps youth graduate high school, acquire job and life skills, enrich their lives, and find their voices with music, writing, and photography. Accompagnateur Workshops support these youth to see themselves and each other and tell their stories.