PRESS RELEASE: Women Changing the Face of the Formerly Incarcerated

NEWS ADVISORY: June 4th 2015

CONTACT: Liz Holliday, (646) 380-7783

Women Changing the Face of the Formerly Incarcerated

NYC Nonprofit holds graduation ceremony honoring former criminal justice involved graduates

NYC – Fifteen women who have had previous criminal justice involvement, ranging from probation to convictions, will join together in a graduation ceremony honoring their educational achievements post-release. These graduates have earned degrees from various schools throughout New York State. However, the New York City based non-profit College and Community Fellowship (CCF), and host of the event, is an organization that has supported hundreds of women, earning 286 degrees since its creation in 2000.

In addition to the ceremony, there will be a special performance by CCF’s very own Theater for Social Change Ensemble. The cast comprised of CCF Fellows and Alumnae, write and perform their original, thought provoking material with the purpose of helping to eliminate stigma, and raise awareness.

“They escape poverty, get good jobs, reunite with their families, and perhaps most importantly, they don’t go back to prison. It’s a win-win,” said CCF Executive Director Vivian Nixon, who herself is a CCF alumnae.

“CCF’s holistic approach to educational success has assisted me monetarily, emotionally and mentally,” said CCF 2015 Valedictorian Tiheba Bain. “When the doors seem to close in on me [CCF] opened theirs. When the roof over my family’s head was threatened, [CCF] offered scholarships. When I was at my wits end [CCF] listened.

CCF, currently in its 15th year, supports criminal justice involved women on their path to academic success. Students of the program have earned degrees ranging from associates to doctorates, including a law degree. Moreover, the organization also offers scholarships, tutoring, mentoring and alumnae services. According to CCF, as many as 85% of the women in CCF’s Academic Support Program earn their degrees within four years, and the recidivism rate of the hundreds of women they have served is under 2%, which is well below the national average.

“CCF is a new addition to my extended family, and graduating is the cornerstone to my successful future,” Bain said.  

WHAT:

College and Community Fellowship’s

15th Annual Graduation Ceremony

WHEN:

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Reception, 5:30pm;

Program, 6:30pm-8:00pm

WHERE

The Interchurch Center

475 Riverside Drive

New York, NY 10115

CONTACT:

Liz Holliday

Communications Associate

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1626

New York, NY 10115

Telephone: 646-380-7783

Email: Eholliday@collegeandcommunity.org

College and Community Fellowship

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