Ruben Austria

Community Connections for Youth
Executive Director

Key Topics: Juvenile justice reform, Community-based alternatives to incarceration, Faith-based organizing, Grantwriting, Program evaluation.

Bio: Rev. Rubén S. Austria is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Connections for Youth, a Bronx-based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community-driven alternative incarceration programs for youth. CCFY’s work focuses on building community capacity for juvenile justice reform by training neighborhood organizations in effective practice with court-involved youth, and facilitating system-community partnerships that reduce reliance on incarceration.

Rev. Austria earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from Cornell University, and attended the Institute for Non-Profit Management at Columbia University. He was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2007.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Council for Juvenile Justice Annual Conference.
  • Annie E. Casey Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative National Conference.
  • Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.
  • Columbia University.
  • Cornell University.
  • New York University.
  • New York Theological Seminary.
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice.