College and Community Fellowship NYC
College & Community Fellowship (CCF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable women with criminal convictions to earn their college degrees so that they, their families, and their communities can thrive. CCF supports students until graduation day and beyond, providing academic support, career development, financial coaching, and much more. We approach systemic change through our national advocacy and an evidence-based technical assistance program.
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
Creating access to higher education for aspiring students who have been involved with the criminal justice system, including those currently and formerly incarcerated, reduces recidivism and the related costs of crime and imprisonment. Higher education increases opportunities for employment and long-term stability after release.
As evidenced by the unprecedented results achieved by CCF students who receive guidance through our core integrated academic support services, it is undeniable that education transforms lives, reduces poverty, and strengthens communities. While 66% of incarcerated non-degree earners nationwide are likely to return to prison within three years of release, the likelihood drops to 5.6% for Bachelor’s degree recipients and less than 1% for Master’s degree recipients. Overall, less than 2% of the students enrolled in CCF’s Academic Support Program have been re-arrested or re-incarcerated.