A misbehaving young family member can often lead families to seek outside help. In this situation, families are often told that their only option is to file for a legal process known as “PINS”, or Person in Need of Supervision. Nevertheless, PINS often has long-term harmful effects on young people’s future, including detention, out-of-home placement, and a permanent criminal record. While PINS is needed for some cases, there are many alternatives a family can pursue. So what should a concerned parent do? What are the alternatives to PINS, and how can parents make the right choice for their young person?

CUP collaborated with Community Connections for Youth, Inc. (CCFY) and designers Jeff Louie and Kimberly Lum to create Pinned Down? Rise Up! Understanding the PINS process and how to find community-based alternatives— an illustrated foldout poster in both English and Spanish. The guide explains the PINS process and its consequences, lists community-based alternative solutions, and provides advice on making the right decision for each family.

CCFY is distributing thousands of posters to family members seeking help for their young person through their Parent Peer Support Program in the Bronx’s Family Court juvenile justice division. They are also distributing the poster through partnerships with New York’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Family Assessment Program, which provides PINS diversion, as well as through public schools in NYC with high rates of suspension and arrest.

Resources & Links

Community Connections For Youth (CCFY) is a Bronx-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to empower faith and neighborhood-based organizations to develop effective community-driven alternatives to incarceration for youth.

IntraCollaborative extends principles of the academic setting into real communities, working jointly to unravel complex issues, and develop communication tools aimed at social reform.

Making Policy Public is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks

Clair Beltran, Nick Johnson, Oscar Nuñez, Emilio Vides-Curnen, Amy Albert, Keymah, Milagros Almanza, Rolando Chaparro, Yelena Chaparro,Frances Chisolm, Maria Elena, Marilyn Hiraldo, Arthur Marklan,Patrick Moore, Adriana Mundo, Jessica Nitsche, Trinidad Nova, Nyah Person, Beatrice Richardson, Juan Robles, Bernice Wilson, Lucinda Wilson, Belkis Yerman


  • CUP
  • Mark Torrey
  • Ingrid Haftel
  • Community Connections for Youth
  • Advocate Partners
  • Jeannette Bocanegra
  • Amelia Frank
  • Carina Baker
  • Designers
  • Jeff Louie
  • Kimberly Lum