With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
This August marks the 50th anniversary of the first Spider-man comic book. It may seem laughable, but I trace my interest in working in the non-profit sector to reading Spider-man as a kid. For whatever reason, I was always struck by one of the core underlying themes of the Spider-man comics: Peter Parker's ability to rise above both challenges (his lack of a father, troubles with money) and temptations (the lure of celebrity) in order to do the right thing.
In Spidey's honor, here are a few recent links from the Center for Court Innovation, many of which feature honorable people trying to do good work in difficult circumstances:
- Save Our Streets continues the fight against gun violence in Crown Heights
- The challenges of life in Brownsville
- Transforming how the New York courts work with adolescents
- The battle against gun crime in the South Bronx
- Lessons from New York City's experience reducing crime and incarceration