Project Impact

Your Success is our Justice

Project Impact connects BMCC students who are first-generation and/or have been impacted directly or indirectly by the legal system with a mentor. Mentors, who have been impacted by the justice system in their own lives, help Project Impact students navigate the challenges of secondary education and facilitate access to supports.

Our services are confidential. Information you disclose to our staff or mentors will not be repeated. We understand that many people do not want to disclose personal information, particularly about being justice impacted, but be assured Project Impact is a safe and confidential space.


  • Mentoring
  • Workshops
  • Community Building Activities
  • MetroCards
  • Dorm placement (limited availability)
  • Emergency funds for eligible students
  • Assistance with the college registration process (admission, financial aid)
  • Assistance with transfers to 4-year colleges

Fulfilling academic potential can be challenging when a person has either experienced or is at risk for involvement with the justice system. The Project Impact community is full of men and women who may have additional barriers to education because they or a family member have a life history that may include an arrest, a conviction, or they live in a community where they experience the hardships that accompany the collateral consequences of justice involvement. We learn from each other and support each other’s dreams and goals through community meetings, one-on-one check-ins, group trips, and workshops.

Both prospective and current BMCC students are welcome to enroll in Project Impact.


Project Impact is a free program designed to help, first-generation and system-impacted students students with their academic goals. This includes applying to and taking courses at BMCC as well as support to pursue a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.

In order to enroll in our program you will need to:

  • Be a New York City resident at the time you will be attending classes
  • Attend an interview and orientation

Interest Form

Please complete the confidential, no-obligation interest form to learn more. We look forward to meeting you!

Mission Statement

Our mission at Project Impact is to provide first-generation and system-impacted students with the personalized mentorship and support they need to overcome barriers and achieve their academic goals. We believe in the power of mentorship and provide tailored guidance and support. We continuously adapt to the changing needs of our students and foster a supportive community to help them thrive in their academic pursuits and beyond.