A misbehaving young family member can often lead parents to seek outside help.  Families are often told that their only option is to file for a petition known as “PINS”, or Person in Need of Supervision. PINS often has long-term harmful effects on a young person’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. 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 child through their Parent Peer Support Program in the Bronx Family Court’s juvenile justice division. They are also distributing the poster in NYC public schools with high rates of suspension and arrest, through New York’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Family Assessment Program, and their network of partner organizations who provide PINS diversion.

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.

Kimberly Lum is a designer based in Queens, with a focus on editorial design. She works to make stories and complex bodies of information compelling through illustration and art direction. She hopes to constructively engage people and their communities through design that is cogent, useful, and colorful.

Jeff Louie is a designer and illustrator working in New York City. He is excited to collaborate on community projects that merge design thinking with solutions that empower local residents. Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the City College of New York.

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.

General support for CUP’s programs is provided in part by the David Rockefeller Fund, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, New York Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Special Thanks

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