The mission of the College and Community Fellowship is to eliminate individual and social barriers to higher education, economic security, and civic participation for formerly incarcerated women and their families. CCF began as a mentoring program to help formerly incarcerated women achieve their academic goals. Since then the organization has evolved to promote leadership skills among participants, empowering them to bring about substantive change in public policies that concern disadvantaged communities, the justice system, and the political process. Formerly incarcerated women interested in the program can become involved with CCF as participants or as full fellows.
All participants are eligible for assistance with applications for college and applications of federal and private financial aid and scholarships as well as referral services for educational and other transitional services.
Fellows are those who are matriculated in an accredited degree program, have earned 12 or more credits, maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or greater, attend required CCF academic counseling sessions and our community meetings. Once eligible for fellowship, students receive a $600 stipend for each semester during which they are successfully enrolled in college and in compliance with CCF guidelines. Fellows also have access to CCF community-building and leadership-development programming.
Who is helped?
CCF serves formerly incarcerated women from the NYC area, especially lower income minority women who are under-represented in higher education. The population served by CCF is approximately 65% African American, 25% Hispanic, and 10% Caucasian. Almost all of the Fellows have come from low-income neighborhoods. CCF's work aims to help these individuals succeed academically so they can become role models in the communities to which they return after prison.
In the spring 2009 semester, CCF served 194 participants, including 103 full fellows.
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