Combining Service and Scholarship in Youth Justice for Select John Jay Undergraduates
Pinkerton Community Fellows are John Jay undergraduate students interested in direct service roles at leading nonprofit agencies committed to serving New York City’s justice-involved youth. Applicants are selected based on their academic achievements, professional experience, and commitment to youth justice. The Fellowship, which begins in June each year, has three components: Service, Scholarship, and Professional Development.
Service: Community-Based Direct Service Placements
Fellows complete intensive 12 to 15-month internships at community-based organizations partnered with John Jay that focus on youth justice. Fellows work full-time (35 hours per week) at their host sites during their summers and John Jay’s January break and part-time (14 hours per week) during their fall and spring semesters. They receive skilled supervision and support, individualized attention and mentoring, a stipend of up to $12,750, and a monthly unlimited metro pass to defray travel expenses.
Scholarship: The PFI Practicum in Youth Justice
As a complement to their direct service, Pinkerton Community Fellows also take a 12-credit upper level undergraduate course in sociology [UGR390] taught by top John Jay faculty and prominent leaders in the New York community.
The practicum provides context for the Fellows’ field experiences, exposing them to various aspects of youth justice, including the needs of the criminal justice-involved youth population, interventions aimed at this group, and the organizational management and policy context in which community-based organizations advocate for, provide services to, and ameliorate the challenges that face these youth. Academic assignments are designed to enrich students’ learning experiences throughout the fellowship.
Professional Development: Training and Enrichment
Professional development is another important component of the Pinkerton Community Fellowship. PRI hosts twice-yearly Youth Justice Symposia as well as workshops and trainings designed to enrich fellows’ learning as well as enhance the field of youth justice as a whole.
- Students will be able to articulate and apply principles regarding prisoner reentry learned in and outside of the classroom.
- Students will complete assignments that encourage in-depth reflection on the internship experience.
- Students will gain self-understanding, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.
- Students will develop professional work competencies.
- Students will explore career options and gain general work experience.