Youth Justice Leaders
For six years, the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative has been providing critical funding for John Jay undergraduates and graduate students working in nonprofit youth justice programs throughout New York City. Their involvement in these programs—such as alternatives to incarceration, post-prison reentry and mentoring—gives students a better insight into the criminal justice system, while also assisting the city’s most vulnerable young people. “At your host site you learn so much, so fast,” says Pinkerton Graduate Fellow, Jessica Gaskin. “And once you’re actually involved in the work, it gives you a totally different lens on youth justice.” Administered by the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI), the Pinkerton fellowships provide a unique combination of intensive experiential learning and complimentary practicum courses. This ensures that each student bridges theory with practice, and is fully prepared for leadership positions within the field. Deepening their commitment to John Jay and New York’s often-underfunded youth justice programs, The Pinkerton Foundation announced a grant of $3.8 million to John Jay College of Criminal Justice for continued support of the College’s Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative. Currently, John Jay students have provided 70,000 hours of service to these transformative youth justice programs. With this new grant, payable over five years, the Initiative’s goal is to provide 177,000 hours of service by the end of 2020.