Student & Counselor Conversation: Kombeh Jobe and Freddy Jacobs

In this episode, College Initiative (CI) Academic Counselor Kombeh Jobe speaks with Freddy Jacobs about his experiences in CI and his recent graduation from City College.

Mission

As a champion of institutional, structural, and personal transformation, the Institute opens doors and eliminates barriers to success for people who have been involved in the criminal legal system. We create access to higher education and pathways to satisfying careers. We advocate for the right to housing, employment, healthcare, and other human rights too often denied people with criminal convictions.

Educational Pathways

Educational Pathways

The Institute’s Educational Pathways are an integrated set of programs that create access to higher education for students with histories of justice involvement.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Career Pathways promotes access to training and employment for people who have been involved in the criminal justice system, with a focus on creating pathways to careers in the human services field.

Advocacy

Advocacy

The Institute's policy advocacy seeks to eliminate barriers and generate policies and practice make it possible for people with conviction histories to live successfully in the community.

Publications

Publications

The Institute conducts research on a range of topics connected to its work and criminal justice reform.

“These [Prison-to-College Pipeline classes] have been instrumental to my personal growth. These men and women who have taken time out of their lives to interact with us, to help in the shaping of ideas and attitudes have been a blessing."

Theron Smith

P2CP and College Initiative Student

News

We are pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Ann Jacobs, has been elected as a founding member of the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), a national invitational membership organization and think tank. Independent and nonpartisan, CCJ advances understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. Through research, policy development, and other projects that harness the experience and vision of its leaders and members, CCJ serves as a catalyst for system improvements based on facts, evidence, and fundamental principles of justice. Members of the council include professionals in law enforcement, courts, and corrections; state, local, and federal policy makers; advocates and researchers; leaders in business, faith, and philanthropy; directly impacted people and others. Click here for more information about the Council on Criminal Justice.

Thank you to everyone who attended our first College Initiative virtual graduation celebration on Thursday, June 18th. The virtual event consisted of both live remarks from our staff and students, in addition to pre-recorded videos from College Initiative graduates, staff members, and supporters. In case you experienced any technical difficulties during the virtual graduation (or if you’d just like to relive it), you can view our speakers’ pre-recorded remarks here:

Congratulations again to our graduates, and we look forward to celebrating our next graduating class in June 2021, hopefully in person again.