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Pinkerton Community Fellows

The Pinkerton Community Fellowship is a 15-month program in which selected John Jay College undergraduates enroll every June and serve until August of the subsequent year. Community Fellows complete intensive placements at distinguished community-based organizations that focus on youth justice. Fellows also participate in on-going personal and professional development, earn academic credits through the Practicum in Youth Justice Course, and receive a generous stipend through the Pinkerton Foundation. 

2013-2014

Alexandra Avila

Alexandra Avila is a Community Fellow with the Children’s Aid Society and a junior majoring in Criminal Justice, in addition to pursuing a minor in Criminology and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. She graduated from Newtown High School, where she played on the chess team and participated in the ceramics club. Alexandra is active on campus as a Peer Mentor with the Office of Student Academic Success Programs. As a Peer Mentor, she helps incoming freshmen acclimate and adapt to John Jay College and she volunteers around campus in other capacities. She joined the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative in order to expand her interest in juvenile delinquency and to help improve the criminal justice system.

   

Salahdine Baroudi

Salahdine Baroudi is a senior majoring in Humanities and Justice Studies with a double minor in English and Philosophy. A Dean’s List student, Salahdine is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society and a recipient of many awards, including Policy Debate speaker awards, the Upper Division Scholarship, and the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Department Certificate of Honors. Salahdine is also a Ronald H. Brown Fellow, a Peer Ambassador, and a member of John Jay’s Student Council—most recently winning election as the Council’s Executive Vice President. Salahdine is particularly interested in protecting the legal rights of underprivileged minorities, an area he has explored through a judicial internship at the Queens County Criminal Court and through a legal internship at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Bureau. After graduation, Salahdine plans to attend law school and eventually become a public interest or civil rights lawyer. As a Fellow he works with the Center for Court Innovation.

   

Kerry-Ann Clarke

Kerry-Ann Clarke is a junior majoring in Forensic Psychology; she is the first person in her family to attend college. Throughout her adolescence she faced much adversity, but the experiences strengthened her character and her resolve to give back to the community. She has volunteered throughout Brooklyn in numerous capacities—from encouraging voter registration to painting schools to assisting individuals with legal matters. She aspires to continue her education in Psychology and to attain a doctorate degree. Kerry-Ann currently works with the Children’s Aid Society’s LINC Program.

   

Benedicta Darteh

Benedicta Darteh is a junior in the Honors Program, pursuing a major in International Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. She is also a Junior Representative for John Jay’s student government. Benedicta attended Aburi Girls Senior High in Ghana, West Africa, where she was a Resident Assistant in her dormitory and the Secretary of the Scripture Union. After completing high school, she travelled to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming an attorney. Benedicta is the recipient of a Thurgood Marshall Scholarship and a John Marshall Law School Scholarship. She applied for the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative to further explore her interest in the legal field, which was deepened while interning at the Bronx County Supreme Court. Benedicta is now placed with Good Shepherd Services in Brooklyn, where she serves as a Legal Specialist, managing the legal records of youth clients.

   

Cristina Enriquez

Cristina Enriquez is a Community Fellow with CASES, the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Education Services. Cristina is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Corrections and Psychology. Previously she was a member of the Accelerated Study in Associate Program (ASAP) at Queensborough Community College (QCC). She was also one of the four ASAP students at QCC selected for the ASAP Student Leadership Program. With her team members, Cristina coordinated a leadership event called “Break the Cycle,” which educated attendees about the growing epidemic of domestic violence. In the course of coordinating the event, Cristina and her team members also collected signatures for the school’s White Ribbon Campaign and did fundraising for the Women and Work Program.

   

Tenisha Morrison

Tenisha Morrison is a senior majoring in Humanities and Justice with a minor in Africana Studies. Through her studies and her background as a South Bronx native, she has developed a passion for community-based justice issues, such as advocating for alternative sentencing for youth and understanding the harms of the prison industrial complex. Previously, Tenisha worked at the New York Law Department as an aide to the Director of Recruitment. She has also assisted the Bronx District Attorney’s Office with matters relating to youth advocacy programs. Tenisha is a recipient of the Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship. She contributes in her community by tutoring high school students, particularly preparing them for the NYS Regents Exams. Tenisha plans to venture into a career in youth justice upon graduation, which she is currently exploring through her placement at the Correctional Association of New York.

   

Milton Pelotte

Milton Pelotte was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He attended Information Technology High School in Long Island City, where he developed an interest in law. Milton is Community Fellow with Doing Art Together, a Dean’s List student and the recipient of a Thurgood Marshall Scholarship and the 2014 John Jay Alumni Endowed Scholarship. Milton also works closely with John Jay Upward Bound, a program that helps low-income high school students obtain post-secondary education.  Milton attributes his dedication to social justice partly to his own family members’ struggles with addiction and imprisonment. He has also studied in the Dominican Republic, which broadened his perspective and his appreciation for different cultures. After graduation, Milton plans to obtain a law degree and to create a non-profit organization to help youth from low-income families find mentors.

   
Jalisse Smith

Jalisse Smith is a junior majoring in Forensic Psychology with an interest in the field of Juvenile Delinquency.  She is also a Universal Image Dancer and an E-Board Member. Jalisse recognizes the importance of being a well-rounded and civically minded individual and has been an active leader in her local church. In addition, she interns weekly at the Community Board 4 Manhattan as a Housing & Community Problem Solving Advocate. Understanding the importance of fostering community and service, she hopes to be a positive role model for younger generations and she wants to improve the lives of young people in high-risk neighborhoods in New York City. As a Community Fellow, Jalisse works with Friends of Island Academy.

   

Rondayah Williams

Rondayah Williams is a junior majoring in English. She is an Honors Program student and an active member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. Rondayah consistently makes the Dean’s List, she is a recipient of the New York City Merit Scholarship, and she was a Ronald H. Brown Fellow. For her Fellowship, Rondayah is placed with Community Connections for Youth. She is determined to go to law school; last summer she won an award at John Jay’s Pre-Law Boot Camp for having one of the best personal statements. After completing a law degree, Rondayah hopes to work with adopted children and family-oriented organizations to help improve the criminal justice system.

 

 

2012-2013

Nicole Marie Alexander

Nicole Marie Alexander is a Pinkerton Community Fellow majoring in “Social Problems” through the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the New York Needs You fellowship and a recipient of the Thomas W. Smith Academic fellowship. She is a Ronald E. McNair scholar and her research is entitled “Getting Older and Starting Over: the Struggles Elderly Ex-offenders Face Reentering Post-Recession America.” As a Pinkerton Community Fellow, Nicole is working at the Center for Court Innovation: Harlem Youth Court where she serves as a facilitator for the new class of youth court trainees and leads workshops for the youth court participants.

   

Dominique Andalcio

Dominique Andalcio is a senior student in the B.A. program in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. Dominique is interested in working with the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations. In the past, Dominique partnered with the Innocence Project to create awareness about wrongful incarceration using various forms of visual media. Dominique is currently placed at the Osborne Association’s Fatherhood Initiative. Dominique looks forward to continuing her education in criminal justice after she graduates in May of 2013.

   

John Bae

John Bae is a Pinkerton Community Fellow placed with the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), and a BA/MA student majoring in Criminal Justice.  At CASES, he works with the college transition program, providing academic support and mentoring to the students.  Previously, he has participated in the NYS Prison to College Pipeline as part of the initial cohort of students from John Jay College selected to attend classes in the correctional facility, and as a mentor for students with the College Initiative. He plans to go to law school and upon completing his degree, hopes to work with community-based organizations bringing about reform to the education and criminal justice systems.    

   

Janer Cordero

Janer Cordero is a Pinkerton Community Fellow placed at the Center for Court Innovations: Bronx Community Solutions (BCS).  Janer works with staff to support the administrative viability and daily operations management of the Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP), assisting with tracking and evaluation of ADP data, and administering direct services by conducting ADP intakes (interviews) along with the intakes of the BCS general population.  Prior to the Pinkerton Fellowship, Janer was a Fiscal and Administrative Assistant for the Prisoner Reentry Institute, and a volunteer for the Prison to College Pipeline program at Otisville Correctional Facility.  Currently, she is a member of John Jay’s Student Election Review Committee.  Janer will graduate with a BS in Legal Studies, and a minor in Public Administration.  After graduation, she hopes to pursue a graduate level educational program in areas that are related to psychology and criminal justice.

   

Alex Griffith

Alex Griffith is a Pinkerton Community Fellow majoring in English and pursuing a minor in Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to becoming a Community Fellow, Alex worked as a research assistant and mentor at the Urban Male Initiative at John Jay College providing personal, academic, and professional support to program participants. He is currently a member of the Dean’s List, and also a recipient of the College Educational Milestone and Thurgood Marshall Scholarships. Alex is currently placed at exalt youth as a Program Coordinator where he works directly with court-involved youth, ages 15-19, to support and enhance their employability and professionalism.

   

Sarah Guillet

Sarah Guillet is currently a senior at John Jay College and an Honor’s Program student. Sarah is enrolled in the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program, where she is pursuing her duel-concentration major, International Human Rights and Cultural Anthropology. Sarah was an executive member of the Amnesty International Student Chapter at John Jay and is an active member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society.  She is a recipient of the Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship and the Harriet Brows Scholarship for Social Change from CUNY BA.  As a Pinkerton fellow, Sarah is placed with the Lasting Investments in Neighborhood Connections (LINC) of the Children Aid Society, where she co-leads a work crew of youth during the LINC summer program.  She will also be developing a small group of LINC youth who will form and implement advocacy projects based on their issues and interests.

   

Mehdi Mahraoui

Mehdi Mahraoui is a first-generation, Moroccan student majoring in Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a Pinkerton Community Fellow, an Undergraduate Peer-counselor, a member of the PHI ETA SIGMA National Honor Society, recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship, and a BA/MA student. Currently, Mehdi is placed at the Osborne Association where he assists in coordinating programs for children with an incarcerated parent in hopes of transforming lives, communities, and the criminal justice system.

   

Sabrina Pestel

Sabrina Pestel is a Pinkerton Community Fellow and majoring in Economics at John Jay College. She previously obtained an Associate of Law Studies in the French West Indies. Sabrina’s concern with increasing ecological awareness recently won her the first place prize of the John Jay Earth Day Essay Contest. Her proposed plan to educate children about preventing water waste gave way to the consideration of creating a program called John Jay Green Ambassador. Placed at the Osborne Association, Sabrina is actively participating in the development of their youth programs which provide support and services to children with a currently or formerly incarcerated parent or caregiver.