The Directory of Programs Serving Children and Families of the Incarcerated is an update of the Directory of Programs Serving Families of Adult Offenders, dated October 2001. This revised directory lists programs in the United States and around the world that offer services specifically for children and families of adult offenders.

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Nebraska

Parenting Program

Area Served: Nebraska
Parent Organization: Nebraska Department of Corrections
Telephone: 402-362-3317
Address: 1107 Recharge Road
York, NE 68467
E-mail: mary.alley@nebraska.gov
Web site: https://corrections.nebraska.gov/parenting-5-12
Secondary Office: 1107 Recharge Road, York, NE 68467
Established: 1974
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We provide parenting education. We also provide a nursery, day visits, and over-night visits for children.

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Nevada

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada

Area Served: Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Carson City, Minden, and Gardnerville, Nevada
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 775-352-3202
Address: 495 Apple St. Ste. 104
Reno, NV 89502
E-mail: contact@bbbsnn.org
Web site: www.bbbsnn.org
Secondary Office: 813 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701
Established: 2001
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We are a FREE mentoring program. We pair children ages 6 to 18 (or 4 to 18 if the child has a parent in prison) with a volunteer mentor (“Big”). The Big and the child, who we call “Little” get together once a week for about 2 to 4 hours to do free or low-cost activities. The one-to-one relationship creates positive outcomes for the child.

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New Hampshire

Family Connections Center
Parent Organization: New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Area Served: New Hampshire
Address: PO Box 14
Concord, NH 03301
E-mail: FccConcord@nhdoc.state.nh.us
Website: http://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/fcc/
Phone: 603-271-2255
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
The Family Connections Center(FCC) is located in all three NH State Prisons and minimum security units. The FCC provides parenting education, healthy relationship classes, parenting support groups, recording books on CD’s and life skills seminars for incarcerated mothers and fathers.  The FCC creates opportunities for incarcerated parents to have healthy contacts with their children through internet video visits, Family Fun Days and the Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) summer camp program.  At CIP Camp, the children of the FCC participants are able to spend two weeks at a summer camp for free and come into the prison to spend one or two days with their mom or dad playing games, sharing meals and making a life-sized mural titled:  A Perfect Day with Dad/Mom.

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New Jersey

Girl Scouts Behind bars 

Montclair, NJ 07042 United States

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars gives girls the chance to bond with close family members incarcerated at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, the only women’s prison in New Jersey. Our goal is to help decrease the impact of parental separation. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience we help nurture, and in some cases re-establish familial relationships, as well as help girls, connect with one another for peer support. Girls enjoy traditional Girl Scout experiences during weekly troop meetings in their community. Monthly troop meetings take place at the prison, using a specialized curriculum that empowers both the girls and their incarcerated family members to make positive decisions about their future.

Prison Ministry of the Diocese of Newark 

Address: Grace Church in Nutley

200 Highfield Lane, Nutley, NJ 07110
Telephone: 973-235-1177

The Ministry advocates for restorative justice, interfaith programs, and personal healing for prisoners, their families, and communities.

Straight and Narrow, Inc.

Area Served: New Jersey
Parent Organization: Primary Prevention Program
Telephone: 973-345-6000
Address: 396 Straight St
Paterson, NJ
E-mail:
Web site: http://www.straightandnarrowinc.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1954
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Parenting Classes for Men in Residential Drug Treatment

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New Mexico

Parent Reentry Programming

Parent Organization: PB&J Family Services
Area Served: New Mexico
Address: 1101 Lopez Rd. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
E-mail: info@pbjfamilyservices.org
Website: http://pbjfamilyservices.org/
Phone: 505-877-7060
Established: 1972
Volunteer Opportunities: yes

PB&J Family Services has a 25 year history creating trusting relationships with incarcerated parents and their families.  Services are provided to parents within correctional facilities, to children and caretakers within the community, and post-release support through home visiting, therapeutic bonding-attachment programs, weekly support groups, and a workforce development center.

Wings for L.I.F.E. (Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education)

Parent Organization: Roswell W.F.L., Inc.
Area Served: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Address:  2270 D Wyoming Blvd NE #130 Albuquerque, NM 87112
E-mail: AnnEdenfield@WingsForLIFEInternational.org

Website: www.WingsForLIFEInternational.org

Phone: 505-291-6412 

             505-291-6412 cell
Established: 2007
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

Life-skills, substance abuse/recovery, educational topics and parenting at both adult and juvenile detention centers. After-school program for children.

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New York

Photo Patch Foundation

Photo Patch Foundation endeavors to demystify what children of incarcerated parents face and need, as there is often a disconnect between what people suspect and reality. Traumatized by the sudden separation when their incarcerated parents are taken away, children of all ages are at risk. Our Mobile App, built by JJ, is the only mobile application with a high focus on helping kids send photos and letters to parents in prison…for FREE! We raise money online and in the community so that we can pay the cost of sending THOUSANDS of letters every year!

 

Fathers Count/Re-Entry Plus

Area Served: Westchester County, New York
Parent Organization: Family Services of Westchester
Telephone: 914-937-2320
Address: One Gateway Plaza, 4th Floor
Port Chester, NY 10573
E-mail: None
Web site: www.fsw.org
Secondary Office: 20 South Broadway, 3rd Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Providing Employment Skills and Parenting Skills to fathers ages 18 and older who are or were involved in the Criminal Justice System.

The Gang Diversion, Reentry And Absent Fathers Intervention Centers, Inc

Area Served: Regional
Parent Organization: DBA: The GRAAFICS Program
Address: 116 Nassau Street – 7th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201
Website: www.graafics.org
Phone: 718-694-8357
Established: 2003
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

The GRAAFICS Program provides ‘Real Time’ alternatives current and former gang members, current and formerly incarcerated, current and former absent male parents.

Hour Children, Inc.

Area Served: the greater New York area including Westchester County and Long Island
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 718-433-4274
Address: Hour Children
36-11 12th Street
Long Island City, NY 11106
E-mailinfo@hourchildren.org
Web site: www.hourchildren.org
Contact: Sister Tesa Fitzgerald
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1992
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Hour Children is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit agency located in Long Island City (Queens County) that has been solely focused, throughout our 25-year history, on providing practical, comprehensive services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their families. Founded in 1986 and incorporated in 1992, Hour Children has evolved from its modest beginnings as a program that provided care to children of women incarcerated at Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities, to a leading provider of prison- and community-based programs that support these fragile women and their families as they work to transform their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. Community-based programs include: transitional and permanent supportive housing; a comprehensive employment training and placement program; case management and therapeutic services; pre- and post-release adult mentoring; mentoring for children with incarcerated parents; child care that includes a fully-licensed daycare center and an after-school program that free women so that they can go to work or school, three thrift shops; and a community food pantry. In-prison programming (varies by locale) include: transportation and visitation services; parenting education; mental health support for women, children and families; a Teen Program; advocacy; and a residential Nursery unit.

Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Area Served: Nassau County
Telephone:  516-747-2606
Address: 207 Hillside Avenue Williston Park, NY
Email: recover@licadd.org
Website: https://licadd.org/
Established: 1953
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

BUDDY (Building Unique, Dynamic & Diverse Youth) brings together the Long Island Council of Churches (LICC) and the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island (MPLI) who have teamed-up to launch and sustain a mentoring program for children in Nassau County whose mothers are incarcerated.  Our main goal is to break the cycle and ensure that Nassau’s most at-risk kids get the help they need to be successful.

Osborne Association

Area Served: New York
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 718-707-2684
Address: 809 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
E-mail: kimora@osborneny.org
Web site: https://www.osborneny.org/programs.cfm?programID=23
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1931
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We provide a broad range of treatment, education, and vocational services to currently or formerly incarcerated individuals, their children and other family members.

Prison Families of New York, Inc.

Area Served: New York (primarily)
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 518-453-6659
Address: 40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
E-mail: alison.coleman@rcda.orghttp://prisonfamiliesofnewyork.org/

Website: prisonministry.net/PFNY

Secondary Office: None
Established: 1983
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We “teach prison” to families; train those who work with children and families of prisoners; work on New York State policy development and advocacy; hold support groups; have a interactive website.

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North Carolina

Harriet’s House

Area Served: State of North Carolina
Parent Organization: Passage Home, Inc.
Telephone: 919-834-0666, ext. 235
Address: PO Box 10347, 712 West Johnson St
Raleigh, NC 27605
E-mail: www.passagehome.org
Web site: www.passagehome.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1995
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Harriet’s House provides transitional housing for up to 24 months with Case management services to women leaving the prison system. Primary goal of the program is to re-unite mothers with their child/children while participants in the program are striving for self-sufficiency. This community re-entry program is totally voluntary and referrals are made by the prison Social Workers.

Offender Family Services

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: NC Department of Correction, Division of Prisons
Telephone: 919-838-3629
Address: 840 W. Morgan St., 4280 MSC Raleigh, NC
E-mail: wmn01@doc.state.nc.us
Web site: www.doc.state.nc.us/familyservices/
Secondary Office: 831 W. Morgan St. 4260 MSC, Raleigh, NC
Established: 1998
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Liaison for offender families with the NC Department of Corrections.Provides psychosocial support, crisis intervention, information and referral, transition services, and information and education of the criminal justice system.

Our Children’s Place

Area Served: State of North Carolina
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 919-843-2670
Address: P.O. Box 1086
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
E-mail: ourchildrensplace@gmail.com
Web site: www.ourchildrensplace.com
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2004
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Our Children’s Place (OCP) is a planned residential facility which will allow North Carolina infants and preschoolers to live with their mothers while the women serve out their sentences for non-violent offenses.During their stay at OCP, the women will receive a wide array of treatment and services to support their successful parenting and reentry into the community.The children will receive the highest quality child care and developmental services.

MATCH

Area Served: Women at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women and their children wherever they are living.
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 919-8284767
Address: P. O. Box 14469
Raleigh, NC 27620
E-mail: director@prisonmatch.org

Website: https://www.ncdps.gov/adult-corrections/prisons/prison-facilities/nc-correctional-institution-for-women
Secondary Office: 1034 Bragg St., Raleigh, NC 27610
Established: 1992
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Strengthen the bond of incarcerated mothers with their children through parenting education and ongoing visits in a child-friendly homelike setting.

SKIP (Support for Kids of Incarcerated Parents)

Area Served: Guilford County, NC
Parent Organization: Tristan’s Quest, Inc.
Telephone: 336-547-7461
Address: 115-A South Walnut Circle
Greensboro, NC 27409
E-mail: amylynn@tristansquest.com
Web site: www.tristansquest.com
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

SKIP provides in-school support groups for children of incarcerated parents.In these support groups, children learn that they are not alone in this situation, talk about different feelings and emotions associated with having a parent in jail or prison, and form or strengthen a relationship with that incarcerated parent through weekly letter-writing.

The Matthew 25 Center

Area Served: Southeastern North Carolina
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 910-259-7133
Address: 1196 Penderlea Highway
Burgaw, NC 28425
E-mail: mathew25@bizec.rr.com
Web site: http://matthew25center.org/
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2002
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No

The Matthew 25 Center ministers to families with incarcerated loved ones in southeast NC.We offer free local housing during visits, counseling, information, and unconditional acceptance. The Center also provides local support for prison ministry teams when they come into our area.

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Ohio

Butler County Reentry Initiative

Area Served: Butler County Ohio, primarily Middletown
Parent Organization: 3 R Development
Telephone: 513-424-8284
Address: 1105 Fourteenth Avenue
Middletown, OH 45044
E-mail: 3rdevelopment@sbcglobal.net
Web site: None
Secondary Office: 505 Garfield Street, Middletown, OH 0
Established: 1998
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Case Management for re entrants, referrals to wrap around services, peer counseling for individuals and family members.

Family of Promises Program

    • Year Established: 2008
    • Scope of Service: Lake County, Ohio
    • Official Website: https://ccdocle.org/families-of-promise
    • Contact Person: Senta Kline 
      • (440)352-6191 Ext. 18
      • 8 North State Street, Suite 455 Painesville, Ohio 44077 United States

We provide services to families who have at least one parent incarcerated. The goal of the program is to reduce barriers for the families and offer support to the children who have an incarcerated parent. The program is housed in the Catholic Charities Agency of Lake County, Ohio, however it is not a religious program.

Unlocking Futures

Area Served: Ohio
Telephone: 859-654-0284
Address: PO Box 25
Brice, OH 43109
E-mailinfo@unlockingfamilyfutures.com
Web site: https://unlockingfamilyfutures.org/

Contact: Ashia Bruton
Established: 2015
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We offer mentoring for children who have an incarcerated parent, monetary hardship funds to the caregiver, prison transportation, food assistance, gift cards for food/gas for those visiting a loved one in a federal prison system, as well as referral services for the parent upon their release.

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Oklahoma

Passport to the Future

Area Served: Choctaw, McCurtain, and Pushmataha Counties in Southeast Oklahoma
Parent Organization: Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc.
Telephone: 580-298-2921
Address: 603 S.W. “B” Street
Antlers, OK 74523
E-mail: dlong@littledixie.org
Web site: www.littledixie.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1968
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Passport to the Future is a Mentoring Program for children ages 4-18 who have an incarcerated parent.Little Dixie CAA is a non profit Community Action Agency.

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Oregon

Parenting Inside Out

Area Served: Parenting Inside Out: National. Direct Service/Programs: Oregon
Parent Organization: Pathfinders of Oregon
Telephone: 503-977-6399
Address: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 2
Portland, OR 97219
E-mail: mclark@thepathfindernetwork.org
Web site: www.parentinginsideout.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2004
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Our mission is to improve outcomes for children whose parents are involved in the criminal justice system. Direct service programs and systems change efforts are implemented throughout Oregon. CJA markets curriculum and training opportunities for Parenting Inside Out, our population-specific parenting curriculum, nationally.

The Family Preservation Project

Area Served: Oregon: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Parent Organization: YWCA of Greater Portland
Telephone: 503-294-7494
Address: PO Box 4587 Portland, OR 97208
E-mail: jessicak@ywcapdx.org
Web site:  https://www.ywcapdx.org/what-we-do/family-preservation-project/
Secondary Office: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Established: 2003
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The Family Preservation Project (FPP) promotes individual and system level change to reduce the collateral consequences of parental incarceration on children, families, and the community. FPP achieves this through  direct service programs that operate inside Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, Oregon. They include: Intensive Family Reunification Program, Family Resource Center, Monthly Speaker Series.

TRUE (Together Building Resiliency, Understanding, and Empowerment) Friends

Area Served: Eugene/Springfield greater area
Parent Organization: Committed Partners for Youth
Telephone: 541-344-0833
Address: 1840 Willamette St, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97481
E-mail: cpyadmin@committedpartners.org
Web site: www.committedpartners.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1991
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Targets children between the ages of 6-17 who have at least one parent or primary caretaker currently incarcerated within the criminal justice system. Mentors and youth enjoy a one-on-one relationship, complemented by group activities and limited family/caregiver services.

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Pennsylvania

Ambassadors For Hope 

    • Year Established: 2011
    • Scope of Service: Lancaster County, PA
    • Official Website: http://www.ambassadorsforhope.com/
    • Contact Person: Bob Cooper
      • 717-584-6110
      • 8 South George Street
      • Millersville, PA 17551
      • United States

Ambassadors for Hope is a community benefit network of agency representatives and others whose sole purpose is strengthening families impacted by incarceration in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Ambassadors for Hope mission is to provide information about resources available to strengthen families impacted by incarceration. Ambassadors for Hope identifies needs and advocates solutions for the children of incarcerated parents by Educating and mobilizing the community, Empowering affected families, Influencing public policy. We are committed to the children, caregivers, families, and communities affected by the issue of a parent being incarcerated.

Wesley Family Services

Area Served: Pennsylvania – Primarily the Western Region
Parent Organization: Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
Telephone: 412-820-2050
Address: 3230 William Pitt Way Pittsburgh, PA 15238
E-mail: fswp@fswp.org
Web site: www.wfspa.org
Secondary Office: 6401 Penn Avenue, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Established: 1980
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes Provides transportation and visitation support to families of those incarcerated in Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutions.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Parent Organization: Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Area Served: Eastern Pennsylvania
Address: P.O. Box 27540 Philadelphia, PA 19118
E-mail: info@gsep.org
Website: http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/our_partners/initiatives/gsbb.asp
Phone: 888-564-2030
Established: 2010
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
We bring daughters of incarcerated mothers to the correctional facility twice monthly for enhanced visits in the form of a Girl Scout troop meeting.

Inmate Family Services

Area Served: Pennsylvania (some programs specific to Philadelphia)
Parent Organization: Pennsylvania Prison Society
Telephone: 215-564-6005, ext. 100
Address: 245 North Broad St., Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19007
E-mail: geninfo@prisonsociety.org
Web site: www.prisonsociety.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1787
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Services include:12 week support group for children of incarcerated parents; parenting classes inside prison; transportation to Pennsylvania state prisons; video visitation to some PA state prisons; advocacy on behalf of Children’s Bill of Rights and other issues regarding the impact of incarceration on people in prison and their families.

Lydia’s Place, Inc.

Area Served: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 412-391-1013
Address: 710 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2100
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
E-mail: vicki@lydiasplace.org
Web site: https://renewalinc.com/programs-services/lydias-place/
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1993
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The mission of Lydia’s Place, Inc. is to help women in prison and their children rebuild their lives. To this end we provide services in the Allegheny County Jail and in the Pittsburgh community.

MOMobile Riverside

Area Served: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Parent Organization:  Maternity Care Coalition
Telephone: 215-685-7281
Address: 2000 Hamilton St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
E-mail: riverside@maternitycarecoalition.org
Web site: maternitycarecoalition.org/momobile/#momobile-at-riverside
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No

MOMobile Advocates partner with women during their incarceration to prepare them for or help them return to motherhood. Staff members assist each woman in the program with her re-entry and connection to family and community when she is released.

U.S Dream Academy

Area Served: Philadelphia
Telephone: (215) 339-1090 
Address: 1599 Wharton Street Philadelphia, PA 19146-3196
Web sitewww.usdreamacademy.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1998

Provides children in grades 3 through 8 daily after-school programming that includes on-line academic enrichment, which is the cornerstone of the Skill-building component, Dream building, and Character building. Homework assistance and one to one mentoring are also provided. Programs currently in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; East Orange, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Orlando, FL; Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Memphis, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Indianapolis, IN 

Youth Support Program

Area Served: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Parent Organization: Compass Mark
Telephone: 717-299-2831
Address: 630 Janet Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
E-mail: info@compassmark.org
Web site: www.compassmark.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1966
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Prevention, Early Intervention and Educational Support Groups for high risk children, adolescents and families. Also training of key points of intervention.

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Rhode Island

Amachi Program

Area Served: State of Rhode Island
Parent Organization: Big Sisters of Rhode Island
Telephone: 401-921-2434
Address: 1540 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 2920
E-mail: mwalker@amachimentoring.org
Web site: https://www.amachimentoring.org/
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2004
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Mentoring Children of Prisoners programming for girls only between the ages of 4 to 18.Pair girls with a female mentor for at least one year; weekly or bi-weekly visits in the community.

Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE)

Area Served: Rhode Island
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 401-421-2010
Address: 17 Gordon Avenue, Suite 004
Providence, RI 2905
E-mail: santaya@riseonline.org
Web site: www.riseonline.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1998
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

RISE provides scholarships and community-based mentoring to children of incarcerated parents.

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South Carolina

Department of Young Offender Services

Area Served: State of South Carolina
Parent Organization: Division of Young Offender Services
Telephone: 803-896-1774
Address: 4444 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
E-mail: doc.state.sc.us
Web site: www.doc.sc.gov/programs/yoprs.jsp
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1998
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Our Division provides programs and services for female and female youthful offenders ages 17-29.

Silent Victims of Crime

    • Official Website : https://www.silentvictimsofcrime.org/ 
    • Year established: 1996 
    • Scope of Service: FL and SC
    • Contact Person: Paulette Pfeiffer 
      • svc@SilentVictimsOfCrime.org
      • 3054695205
      • 5825 SW 68th Street
      • Ste 300
      • Miami, FL 33143
      • United States

 

      • Leadership Program: We bring together children and young adults to act as a team during monthly excursions.Camps: Our South Carolina camps started in 2002. We provide an educational focus, and a sense of social responsibility, in partnership with the Call Me MISTER program from Clemson University.CARE Court: Court-Assisted Re-Entry (CARE). We assist returning citizens with successful re-entry into the community by creating a stable, constructive, and joyful interaction with their children and their family. Incarcerated “Parent” Visitation: Maintains the connection between the child and the incarcerated parent by coordinating visits and a summer camp to correctional facilities in South Carolina and Florida. Caregiver Support: Coordination of wrap-around services, including mental health assistance, morale building, and conflict resolution.

 

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South Dakota

Family Connection

Area Served: Sioux Falls, SD
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 605-357-0777
Address: PO Box 100Sioux Falls, SD 57101
E-mail: info@sdfamilyconnection.org
Web site: www.sdfamilyconnection.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1995
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Family Connection provides a place for people traveling to Sioux Falls, SD when visiting someone incarcerated at the Sioux Falls penitentiary. Family Connection provides programming to children in the Sioux Falls school district with incarcerated family members.

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Tennessee

Amachi Knoxville

Area Served: Knox County, Tennessee
Parent Organization: Knoxville Leadership Foundation
Telephone: 865-524-2774
Address: 901 East Summit Hill Drive, Suite 300
Knoxville, TN 37915
E-mail: questions@klf.org
Web site: http://www.klf.org/index.php/programs/amachi/
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2004
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Amachi Knoxville is an innovative mentoring program designed to match caring people of faith with children ages 4-17 who are impacted by incarceration.Amachi mentors are expected to meet a minimum of one hour a week for one year in a community based, one-on-one mentoring relationship.Mentors are screened and trained prior to being matched with a child, based on mutual interests and preferences.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee – Amachi

Area Served: Middle Tennessee
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 615-329-9191
Address: 1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 130
Nashville, TN 37203
E-mail: info@bbbsmt.org
Web site: www.mentorakid.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1969
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We provide mentoring services for children living in a single family household.

Wings Ministry of Warren County, TN

Area Served: Warren County, Tennessee
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 931-224-2264
Address: PO Box 695
McMinnville, TN 3711
E-mail: MaryAnnGay@WingsMinistry.org
Web site: www.WingsMinistry.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Wings Ministry provides networks of support to family members with loved ones who are in or have been in prison.One of its programs, Wings for L.I.F.E. – Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education — empowers youth and families through interesting and motivational sessions on life topics.

Youth & Family Outreach / Family Reconciliation Center

Area Served: Tennessee
Parent Organization: Family Reconciliation Center
Telephone: 615-292-6371
Address: P.O. Box 90827
Nashville, TN 37209
E-mailreconciliation84@gmail.com
Web site: https://www.familyreconciliationcenter.org/
Contact: Malinda Davenport-Crisp, PhD, LPC/MHSP
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1984
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Family Reconciliation Center is a nonprofit organization supporting youth and families impacted by incarceration through family reunification programs, at-risk youth outreach, our Guesthouse, resources/referrals, and therapeutic interventions.

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Texas

Against the Odds (ATO) Mentoring Program

Area Served: Dallas, Texas
Parent Organization: SouthFair Community Development Corporation
Telephone: 214-421-1373
Address: 2610 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215
E-mail: atomentoring@sbcglobal.net
Web site:www.southfaircdc.org
Secondary Office: P. O. Box 150353, Dallas, TX 75315
Established:
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities? Yes

Against the Odds Mentoring Program empowers the children with incarcerated parents to maximize their potential by providing academic, social and moral enrichment through supportive adult to child relationships that emphasize well being and advancement. Our program focuses on three key factors: 1. Encouraging the child (ages 4-18); 2. Strengthening the family; and 3. Enhancing the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lonestar

Area Served: State
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 1-888-887-2447
Address: 450 East John Carpenter Frwy Irving, TX 75062
E-mail: bbbstx@bbbstx.org
Web site: https://www.bbbstx.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1927
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We are a one-to-one mentoring organization for children.

Cherish Our Children Inc. 

    • Year established: 1993
    • Service Area: Houston
    • Official Website: http://www.cherishourchildren.org
    • Contact Person : Ken Wells
      • 17138369147
      • kenw@cherishourchildren.org
      • 448 W. 19th St., Box 647 Houston, TX 77008

United States

 

      • Cherish Our Children Inc is a Houston-based 501(c)(3) organization and our premier program, No More Victims, works with children of incarcerated parents in Houston schools. COCI’s NMV program is summed up by its motto, “Get Educated, Not Incarcerated.” In 2018, NMV worked with 100 teens at Worthing, Sterling and Furr High Schools, three of the poorest performing schools in the Houston Independent School District. Over its 20+ year history, NMV has helped more than 1,600 teens graduate, develop the confidence and self-sufficiency needed to find and retain employment, and most importantly, to avoid incarceration themselves. The student sessions are based on a peer-support approach that stresses honesty, responsibility/ accountability, and communication. Educational support includes mentoring and tutoring activities to improve students’ academic success, as well as teaching how to resolve conflicts, participate in creative problem-solving exercises, and acquire the facility to function within multiple settings using appropriate vocabulary and delivery. Students are taught their responsibilities as productive, law-abiding citizens and are given an outlet for discussion and support from their peers in the program. Furthermore, NMV works to promote mental health, self-confidence and self-sufficiency in teens who are in constant need of reassurance that they have worth and can succeed, despite an environment lacking in support systems and positive role models.

 

DePelchin Children’s Center

Area Served: Greater Houston Area
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 713-730-2335
Address: 4950 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77007
E-mail: info@depelchin.org
Web site: www.depelchin.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1892
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

DePelchin Children’s Center provides counseling services for children with depression, emotional or behavioral problems, attention-deficit disorders, traumatic stress and autism spectrum disorders. Services provided include psychological and/or psychiatric assessments, therapeutic counseling sessions with children and their families, group counseling, and parent education classes and support groups.

Enterprising Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Area Served: Central Texas women housed in or can be transfered to Gatesville units.
Parent Organization: Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Telephone: 512-453-7391
Address: 12012 Par Thirty-five Circle
Austin, TX 78753
E-mail: www.gsctx.org
Web site: www.gsctx.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1998
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The Enterprising Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (EGSBB) seeks to break the cycle of intergenerational crime.  The program allows incarcerated mothers and their daughters to spend positive time together at prison-based Girl Scout meetings and to be provided critical pre and post release services that will increase the likelihood that these families can remain together rather than suffer the trauma of repeated prison confinement.

MATCH/PATCH Program

Area Served: Bexar County, Texas
Parent Organization: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office & Adult Detention Center
Telephone: 210-335-6330
Address: 200 N. Comal St.
San Antonio, TX 78242
E-mail: matchpatch@bexar.org
Web site: https://www.thebexarcountyjail.com/info-for-inmates/matchpatch-program/
Secondary Office: None
Established:
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

To modify behavior of incarcerated parents with parenting & life skills training; to strengthen the parent-child relationship during incarceration, to lesson the trauma of separation for the children.

National Prisoner’s Family Conference

Area Served: El Paso, Texas
Parent Organization: Community Solutions of El Paso
Telephone: 915-861-7733
Address: 2200 N Yarbrough B 245El Paso, TX 79925
Email: info@prisonersfamilyconference.org
Website: www.prisonersfamilyconference.org
Secondary Office:Established: 2009
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The National Prisoner’s Family Conference is a three day forum providing keynote presentations, workshops, exhibits, advocacy sessions and networking for all concerned with the prison family. Topics relate largely to building and maintain healthy relationships during and following a loved one’s incarceration. Knowledgeable and experienced presenters from across the country share programs and experiences beneficial to prison family members, as well as those serving prisoners and their families in fields such as criminal justice, counseling, academia, mental health, ministry and other.  

Seedling’s

Area Served: Travis, Hays, and Williamson Counties, Texas
Parent Organization: Seedling Foundation
Telephone: 512-323-6371
Address: 2800 S. 1H 35, Suite 170
Austin, TX 78704
E-mail: info@seedlingfoundation.org
Web site: https://seedlingmentors.org/
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Seedling’s Promise is a one-on-one school-based mentoring program for children, ages 5-18, who have an incarcerated parent.Emphasis is placed on long-term mentor relationships.

Texas Inmate Families Association

Area Served: Amarillo, Central Austin, Beaumont, Conroe, Corpus Christi, Dallas Central, Fort Worth, Houston, Humble, Killeen/Harker Heights, McAllen, Nacogdoches/Lufkin, Paris, Pearland/Houston, San Antonio, North San Antonio, Tyler, and Waco.
Telephone: (512) 371-0900
Address: P.O. Box 300220 Austin, Texas 78703-0004
Email:tifa@tifa.org
Website: tifa.org
Secondary Office:Established: 1996
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

TIFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our mission is to break the cycle of crime by strengthening families through support, education, and advocacy. TIFA also provides parole workshops as well as online resources for our members. The Children of Incarcerated Parents Caregiver Guides (Volume 1 and 2) free to the public. 

The International Prisoners Family Conference 

    • Year established 2009
    • Official Website: https://prisonersfamilyconference.org/ 
    • Scope of Service: International 
    • Contact Person: Carolyn Esparza
      • info@prisonerfamilyconference.org
      • 9158617733
      • Prisoners Family Conference

PO Box 385 

Spring Branch, Texas 78070

United States

 

U.S Dream Academy

Area Served: Houston 
Telephone: 713-490-6432
Address: 3919 Ward Street Houston, TX 77021
Web sitewww.usdreamacademy.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1998

Provides children in grades 3 through 8 daily after-school programming that includes on-line academic enrichment, which is the cornerstone of the Skill-building component, Dream building and Character building. Homework assistance and one to one mentoring is also provided. Programs currently in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; East Orange, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Orlando, FL;Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Memphis, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Indianapolis, IN

We The Village 

      • Year established: 2018
    • Service Area: Dallas-Ft. Worth
    • Official Website: http://www.we-thevillage.org
    • Contact Person: Kay Brown-Patrick
      • tpatrick@we-thevillage.org
      • 469-431-0246
      • PO Box 764993 Dallas, TX 75376-4993
      • United States
      • We assure that our children with incarcerated parents have opportunities to be cared for and supported in their development by responsible adults, helping professionals, and others in their communities.

OUR GOALS:

To identify children of inmates ages 6-18 in need of support and link them with appropriate resources, organizations, and services. Our programs include mentoring, counseling, college readiness, entrepreneurship, social skills, and more..

Provide assistance to caregivers by connecting them with resources that can help with financials, employment and other concerns.

To increase the likelihood of successful reunification with incarcerated parents by supporting communication with parents while they are incarcerated.

 

Utah

 

U.S Dream Academy

Area Served: Salt Lake City 
Telephone:(801) 973-9494
Address: 1155 S. Glendale Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Web site: www.usdreamacademy.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1998

 Provides children in grades 3 through 8 daily after-school programming that includes on-line academic enrichment, which is the cornerstone of the Skill-building component, Dream building and Character building. Homework assistance and one to one mentoring is also provided. Programs currently in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; East Orange, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Orlando, FL;Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Memphis, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Indianapolis, IN

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Vermont

Community H.S. of Vermont

Area Served: Newport, Vermont
Parent Organization: Department of Corrections
Telephone: 802-951-5037
Address: 103 South Main Street Waterbury, VT 05671-1001
E-mail: charity.baker@state.vt.us
Web sitewww.doc.state.vt.us/programs/educational-programs/
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2005
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The Mission of the Community High School of Vermont is to provide an accredited, coordinated and personalized education that assists students in their academic, social and vocational successes.  Working with KIDS-A-PART program.  We teach Parenting and Nurturing Fathers and present Shaken Baby Syndrome workshops

Kids-A-Part

Area Served: State of Vermont
Parent Organization: Vermont Children’s Aid Society
Telephone: 802-859-3227
Address: 79 Weaver St, PO Box 127
Winooski, VT 5404
E-mail: mainadmn@vtcas.org
Web site: www.lundvt.org/kids-a-part.html
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Kids-A-Part (Kids apart from a parent and a part of our communities) is a program for children and families impacted by incarceration.We offer parenting services in correctional facilities and services to children and caregivers in the community.Through direct service, advocacy and education, Kids-A-Part draws from the Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Bill of Rights to improve the well being of Children impacted by incarceration.

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Virginia

Assisting Families of Inmates 

    • Year Established: 1978
    • Scope of Service: Virginia 
    • Official Website: https://afoi.org 
    • Contact Person: Patrick Link
      • patrick.link@afoi.org
      • 804-643-2401
      • 1 North Fifth Street

Suite 416 Richmond, Virginia 23219 United States

 

      • AFOI works to keep families connected to their incarcerated loved ones by offering a subsidized transportation program to Virginia correctional facilities from Richmond and Norfolk (both adult and juvenile) and video visitation to Virginia correctional facilities (both at-home anywhere and from visitor centers located throughout the state). Additionally, AFOI offers a program for children who have a parent or caregiver who is incarcerated (in City of Richmond public schools), case management, and client assistance.

Jordan’s Quest, Inc.

Area Served: Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Petersburg, Prince George, Hopewell, Dinwiddie Colonial Heights, Chester, Sussex (and surrounding Towns)
Parent Organization: Parent Educator/Consultant
Telephone: 804-393-0110
Address: P.O. Box 2043
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
E-mail: cjordan@jordansquest.com
Web site: www.jordansquest.com
Secondary Office: P.O. Box 2043, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Established:
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No

We offer parenting workshops, co-parenting class for child custody and support (court mandated). Provide parenting resource information to parents. Will work with parent in their home.

K.I.P. Care

Area Served: Norfolk, VA
Parent Organization: Garden of Hope- Second Chances
Telephone: 757-452-3988
Address: 810 Union Street First Floor Mezzanine
Norfolk, VA 23510
E-mailtmjones1206@gmail.com
Web site: www.gardenofhopecdc.org
Contact: Tenisha Jones
Established: 2002
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The K.I.P. Care Program takes a holistic approach providing services for the parents, the caregivers and the child(ren). We work to enhance academic achievement by providing both individual and group tutorial sessions. In addition the children participate in community service projects, and monthly workshops. Parents and caregivers also attend workshops and seminars to assist with transitioning and meeting the needs of the children.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners

Area Served: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Parent Organization: Seton Youth Shelters
Telephone: 757-963-5795
Address: 3333 Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 28,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
E-mail: jredding@setonyouthshelters.org
Web site: setonyouthshelters.org
Other Offices: Girls Shelter – 465 Kings Grant Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452; Boys Shelter – 642 N. Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Established: 1985
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program matches a youth, ages 4-18, with a trained adult mentor, who meets with the youth on a weekly basis.  Mentors and mentees engage in recreational, educational, or cultural activities.  Seton Youth Shelters provides emergency shelters, street outreach, and counseling for youth, free of charge.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners

Area Served: Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County, Virginia
Parent Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County
Telephone: 540-433-8886
Address: 225 N High St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
E-mail: info@bbbshr.org
Web site: www.bbbshr.org
Established: 1976
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

BBBSHR provides volunteer mentors to interested children, including children who have an incarcerated parent.  The staff received training from the Family Corrections Network.

Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged

Area Served: State of Virginia
Parent Organization: R.I.H.D.
Telephone: 804-426-4426
Address: RIHD c/oWMUMC, 1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23223
E-mail: InMateResource@yahoo.com
Web site: www.rihd.org
Secondary Office: None
Established:
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Nonprofit, all volunteer organization dedicated to reducing crime and reducing recidivism through programs that promote education for youth at risk; prisoner and former prisoner self-rehabilitation.

The Messages Project

Area Served: State of Virginia
Telephone: None
Address: PO Box 8325 9711?8th View St. Suite 11? Norfolk, VA 23503
E-mail: list@themessagesproject.org
Web sitehttps://themessagesproject.org/?
Established: 1999
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The Messages Project is focused on the children left behind when a parent is incarcerated prisons in Virginia, Nebraska, and Missouri several times a year to create videotapes or DVDs from incarcerated parents to their children. The recordings are mailed home to children and families, often with a book that was read as part of the message.

Virginia C.U.R.E. K.I.D.S.

Area Served: Richmond VA
Parent Organization:  Virginia C.U.R.E.
Telephone:  804-562-7414
Address: 3922 Squire Hill Court Richmond, VA 23234
Email: Hudson4vacure@aol.com
Website: www.vacurekids.webs.com
Secondary Office: 3421 Spring Drive Alexandria United States
Secondary Phone:  703-765-7010
Established: 2008
Volunteer Opportunities?: Yes

We offer services and resources to children with an incarcerated parent and their families.

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Washington

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Area Served: King, Pierce, Jefferson, Kitsap and Clallam Counties.
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 206-763-9060
Address: 1600 S. Graham St
Seattle, WA 98108
E-mail: info@bbbsps.org
Web site: www.bbbsps.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1957
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound is committed to providing a caring adult mentor to any child who needs or wants one.BBBSPS offers both community-based and school-based mentoring programs and supports one-on-one mentoring relationships for thousands of local youth.

Families on the Outside

Area Served: Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 360-904-7302
Address: Families on the Outside
9208 NE Hwy 99, Ste. 107 #50
Vancouver, WA 98665
E-mail: sheri@familiesontheoutside.org
Web site: www.familiesontheoutside.org
Contact: Sidney Carter
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2013
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Non-profit organization for families of incarcerated, equipping them with knowledge and life skills needed to face their struggles by holding faith based support groups, seminars, and events. Our hope is to reduce the 70% statistic of children following the same footsteps leading them to incarceration by staying with them to adulthood.

 

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West Virginia

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Wisconsin

Circles of Support

Area Served: Northeastern Wisconsin
Parent Organization: Goodwill Industries NCW
Telephone: 920-968-6832
Address: 1800 Appleton Rd.
Menasha, WI 54952
E-mail: astrauch_gw@gwicc.org
Web site: www.circles-of-support.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Circles provides support for individuals transitioning from incarceration to the community.The main services offered are: pro-social support, breaking down barriers, and concrete resource linkage.Trained volunteers work with participants in individual or group settings for the first 6 – 12 months after release.

Madison-Area Urban Ministry

Area Served: Dane County, Wisconsin
Telephone: 608-256-0906
Address: 2300 South Park Street, Suite 2022
Madison, WI 53713
E-mail: None
Web site: www.emum.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2004
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Through MUM, there are many programs for those who incarcerated or recently released and their children.  These programs help connect families while incarcerated and support those who are recently released with emotional support, a job search, and much more.

The Wisconsin CARES Network, Inc.

Area Served: Wisconsin
Telephone: 920-573-0166
Address: P.O.Box 154 Oshkosh, WI 54903
E-mail: wisconsincaresnetwork@gmail.com
Web site: https://thewisconsincaresnetwork.wordpress.com
Contact: Patti Bryant
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2016
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

This is a developing resource network to assist children of incarcerated parents through support groups, resources and tools for success in life skills and education. The organization also intends to offer supports for caregivers and family of those incarcated as well as formerly incarcerated with the process of reintegration.

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Wyoming

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Washington, D.C.

ScholarCHIPS

Area Served: DC, Maryland and Virginia
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: None
Address: ScholarCHIPS, Inc.
P.O. Box 56404
Washington, DC 20040
E-mail: scholarchipsfund@gmail.com
Web site: www.scholarchipsfund.com
Contact: ScholarCHIPS Board Chair
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2010
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

ScholarCHIPS provides college scholarships, mentorship and a support network for children of incarcerated parents, inspiring them to complete their college education.

U.S Dream Academy

Area Served: Washington
Telephone: (202) 645-3470
Address: 3264 Stanton Road, S.E. Washington D.C. 20032
Web sitewww.usdreamacademy.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1998

 Provides children in grades 3 through 8 daily after-school programming that includes on-line academic enrichment, which is the cornerstone of the Skill-building component, Dream building and Character building. Homework assistance and one to one mentoring is also provided. Programs currently in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; East Orange, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Orlando, FL;Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Memphis, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Indianapolis, IN

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