CCF Fellows

I’m a Current Fellow

As the Intake Coordinator, It is extremely rewarding to witness the women on the pathway to sisterhood and fellowship. Fellowship is what happens when you have a community of like- minded college women come together in support of one another.

—Jackie Thompson, Recruitment, Intake and Support Coordinator

Welcome to our student page! As a CCF Fellow, you have already taken an important step towards a better future, however, you still have a lot of work to do and we know that can often be challenging with all the other responsibilities in your life. That’s why CCF is here to help you stay on track.

Please remember to check this website or our offices regularly for new workshops and postings. With our Financial Planning programs, Health & Wellness workshops, Support Groups and more, CCF Fellows are building vital life and career skills. Plus, we encourage our alums to participate in both learning and teaching at workshops. Enroll by contacting Maria Santangelo or Jannell Daley at the CCF office.

Resources for Future/Current Fellows:

Click on the links below to apply for CCF assistance to support you in school:  Our academic support scholarships are closed for the semester, please check back in January 2017.

Academic Support

School Supplies

Student Book

Transportation

Tutor Assistance

Emergency Fund

CCF Events

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Join us at our monthly events to meet with other students, mentors, community leaders and CCF staff.

CCF events are developed with care to ensure we provide students and community members with important information, inspiring panel discussions, advocacy education, celebration, and of course a strong support network. Please remember to RSVP for events that request it. RSVP instructions are easy to follow and having an accurate count of attendees is helpful for event planning. Have you participated or worked at our Student Events? We can use your help; ask your counselor or the program staff how you get involved.

New Programs at CCF:

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CCF’s  Academic Support Program has a new component called the Career Education Enhancement Program (C.E.E.P). CCF will now support students seeking accredited certificates in business and health-related studies as a conduit to  career advancement, or as a stepping stone to their college degree. C.E.E.P is the response to the increased number of students with entrepreneurial and those seeking degrees in the science, business and technology fields that need certifications to support those degrees. C.E.E.P is open to current CCF students and Alumnae, and even non-CCF members. Must be a woman with previous criminal justice involvement to apply.

To students who are interested in applying to C.E.E.P we are no longer accepting applications at this time. However, we will announce when the application will be live again.

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Community Sisters is an educational support program that’s specifically designed for women impacted by the criminal justice system College & Community Fellowship supported women pursuing their college degrees for 16 years.  Until now, the program was only available to women who were ready to apply to college.

We are excited to announce this new addition, “Community Sisters,” to our Academic Support Program.  Community Sisters is open to women who are close to earning their High School Equivalency or who just need time to take care of immediate family or personal needs before applying to college. Community Sisters offers a community for networking, as well as resources and support to help women move forward on their path to college. Are you a woman with a criminal justice history?  Do you see college in your future?  Are you close to earning your high school diploma/equivalency, and need guidance and next steps on applying and/or enrolling in college? Then Community Sisters is for you! Give our Recruitment/ Intake & Support Coordinator: Jacqueline Thompson- 646-380-7770 a call to discuss how you can become a member of this informative and uplifting community. We promise an enlightening, motivating, focused and fun program that will keep you inspired and excited on your educational journey to success.

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Resources outside of CCF:

Below is a list of community-based resources to aid and finding additional supports as you pursue your academic goals. We understand that we are human and life happens, thus knowing where to turn when you need help is the best way to ensure continued success.

Please note that this not a complete comprehensive list, but a starting to point to help address your needs. If you need assistance in the referral process, please feel free to contact your Academic Counselor.

Housing

Food Pantry

Substance & Alcohol Support

Mental Health

Domestic Violence/IPV

Employment

Commonly Asked Questions

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Can I refer a friend or relative to the CCF program?

Yes, you can. Many of our fellows found out about the program through word of mouth. If you know a formerly incarcerated woman that has at least a GED/HS diploma and is interested in going to college, she can contact our Recruitment, Intake, Support Coordinator, Jacqueline Thompson, directly at 646-680-7770 to see if the program is a good fit for her.

I need to contact the CCF program staff; who should I call?

You can contact Jannell Daley, Program Assistant, at 646-380-7778 and she will be happy to direct you to the right staff member.

I want to be involved with Theater for Social Change; how can I join?

Auditions for new members are held throughout the year. Please call Jannell Daley, Program Assistant, for more information.

I want to become a mentor for future CCF fellows; how can I start?

Contact the Associate Director of Mentoring Services. This position is currently being filled, please contact main office now to find out more about how you can become a mentor.

I am not comfortable with my college counselor; can CCF help me?

Yes! CCF’s counselors understand the stigma of incarceration and how difficult it can be to have conversations with college counselors and professors. Many students ask us: Can I receive financial aid even though I have a felony? Can I purse a degree that requires licensing? Would my conviction prevent from getting the license? How and when do I disclose my criminal conviction?

We are here to give you accurate information so that you can be well informed to make the right decisions. Aside from individual counseling with our Academic Counselor and Wellness Resource Coach, we offer workshops so that you can benefit from learning with other fellows and reaping the power of the fellowship.

How can I get more support for taking care of my home/family?

Every student has different needs in their pursuit of a college degree. Our Wellness Resource Coach, Bianca Drew, can assist you to get connected to valuable community resources and provide additional
support to overcome barriers you may encounter while pursuing higher education. This includes: advocating for services and providing appropriate referrals to community partners. You can reach Bianca at 646-380-7781 or bdrew@collegeandcommunity.org.

Marisol’s Story

The first time Marisol met with a CCF counselor she was still incarcerated. On May 22, 2009, she left Bayview Correctional Facility with a heart full of hope, an associate’s degree and a plan to continue her path to higher education. To this day her determination and perseverance have not wavered.

One month and 2 days after being released, Marisol was at CCF’s office filling out her City University of New York (CUNY) transfer application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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