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Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative


Above: Cohort 3 Community and Graduate Fellows with Pinkerton and John Jay staff members.

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative is a collaboration between the Pinkerton Foundation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to contribute to the development of the youth justice community in New York City. Under the auspices of the Prisoner Reentry Institute, the program supports the operational and research capacity of participating nonprofit community-based organizations while contributing to the development of talented students who are equipped to assume positions of responsibility in the youth justice field.

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative has two tracks:

  • Pinkerton Community Fellows are undergraduate students who fulfill direct service roles for 15-month placements with some of New York City’s most distinguished youth serving agencies.
  • Graduate Community Fellows are graduate students in Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling who perform supervised clinical work for 12 months at one of our New York City partner agencies.

PFI Staff

Melissa Pognon Project Coordinator for the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative
Ann Jacobs
Director of PRI and the principal investigator for the PFI
Matt Bond Program Associate
Ma’at Lewis Associate Professor and Practicum & Youth Justice co-instructor
Kevin Barnes-Ceeney
PRI Director of Research and Practicum & Youth Justice co-instructor