DEDICATED TO HELPING CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS.
MORE THAN 5 MILLION CHILDREN IN AMERICA HAVE WATCHED THEIR MOTHERS OR FATHERS GO TO PRISON. THEY OFTEN PAY THEIR OWN PRICE. WE ALL PAY THE PRICE.
THE COST TO SOCIETY IN LOST OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS:
THEY ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO MISS SCHOOL.
THEY ARE TWO TIMES AS LIKELY TO DROP OUT AS THEIR CLASSMATES.
70% ARE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE EMOTIONAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS.
70% OF PARENTS WHO HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED ALSO HAD A PARENT WHO HAD BEEN TO JAIL OR PRISON.
COCI'S PROGRAM WORKs IN SCHOOLS
We show children of incarcerated parents that the past doesn't have to define their future. What they think matters. They can graduate from college. They can have careers and healthy relationships. They can break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.
GEMS IS A NEW PROGRAM THAT HELPS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS NAVIGATE THE CHALLENGES OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE.