Interested in Joining CCF?

“They inspire you to use incarceration as a stepping stone, not as an anchor on your ankle.” – Gay-Le Pratt, CCF Fellow

For women involved in the criminal justice system, the challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming. We know because many of us at CCF have had to make the transition from criminal conviction or prison back into the community. It requires profound personal change, even transformation. CCF delivers the support services each woman needs to rebuild a sense of self-worth and develop leadership skills while completing her education.

We know how to help you with…

    • Financial concerns
    • Family responsibilities
    • Building a network of support
    • Navigating your new college community
    • And much more
Did You Know? Among our Fellows, 64 have earned Associate degrees, 152 have Bachelor degrees, 83 have Masters degrees, one is a Ph.D recipient, and one has earned her JD.

We also know everyone, including the women we help, have unique needs. That’s why we collaborate with other local services that focus on support for women. From childcare to transportation to household budgeting, CCF ensures that our Fellows receive the support they need. To learn more about these services, please contact us for a confidential discussion about how we can work together.

At CCF, our Fellows receive more than just support services and college counseling. To truly understand everything we have to offer you, please review our “What We Do” page or contact us. Find out how CCF can be there for you as you take the leap into higher education.

    • Academic Programs – CCF offers workshops such as Career Development & Networking, Community Meetings, Mentoring & Tutoring, and Crisis Intervention and Referrals.
    • Financial Aid – We will help you navigate the financial aid process and find ways to get the support you need. As a Fellow you will be able to work with a personal counselor to learn more and receive additional support.
    • Theater for Social Change (TSC) – TSC uses theater to raise awareness about the importance of increased access to education and the broader issues of reentry and criminal justice reform. When TSC performs in correctional facilities, the goal is to empower the audience through their stories. Each TSC member is a Fellow or Alumnae of CCF. The community at CCF is strong, understanding, knowledgeable, compassionate, and devoted to seeing you overcome obstacles.
Did You Know? The recidivism rate for our students is only 2%; far less than New York State’s three-year recidivism rate of 30% for women.

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Commonly Asked Questions

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How can I become a CCF Fellow?

The first step is to contact our Recruitment, Intake, Support Coordinator, Jacqueline Thompson, at 646-380-7770. If you meet preliminary requirements, you will be scheduled for a College Readiness Consultation. Once you are college ready, you are on the Pathway to Fellowship!

Do you provide traveling compensation or metro fare for appointments?

Yes. Students with financial need can receive metrocards for college readiness consultation, intake, referral follow up and college appointments.

Are intake appointments available on the weekends?

No. Intake appointments take place during 9-5 office hours only. Once admitted to the program there are late night hours available during fall and spring semesters.

What if I don’t meet the preliminary requirements at the college readiness consultation? Can I reapply at a later date?

Yes, and we encourage you to keep us posted on your progress. College readiness is the key to college success. During the CRC, our Recruitment Coordinator will outline the things that you need to do in order to be college ready. She will also give you any necessary referrals. Your application will remain on file and we encourage you to stay in touch with our coordinator so that you can be admitted once you are college ready.

Kim’s Story

After Kim’s release from Albion Correctional Facility in 2002, Kim worked as a Nurse’s Aide to support herself. One day, a counselor asked Kim “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “A nurse!” Kim replied without hesitation. This conversation would change Kim’s life.

After meeting with the counselor, Kim remembered hearing about an organization that would help her finish college: College and Community Fellowship (CCF). Excited and motivated, Kim called CCF to schedule an appointment—even though she had little support from her friends and family, who discouraged her by insisting that her prison record would prevent her from becoming a nurse.

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Shalanda’s Story

I found out about the College and Community Fellowship in the last six months of my incarceration, during a workshop about post-incarceration transitional services. The first time I went to CCF, I was scared. I had the stigma of incarceration and I didn’t know how I’d be treated. But when I arrived, I saw that everyone at CCF had walked in the same shoes I had and were moving forward with their lives. It was comforting and inspiring to find other women with similar experiences and similar hopes.

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