OUR PROGRAM

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WHEN PARENTS GO TO PRISON, THEIR CHILDREN'S LIVES CAN BECOME A NIGHTMARE OF POVERTY, TRAUMA, AND SHAME.

More than 125,000 children of incarcerated parents live in the Houston metro area. 

THIS IS HOUSTON'S PROBLEM

HOUSTON CAN FIX THIS.

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The GEMS (Gaining Empowerment in Middle School) program breaks the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. We teach middle school-aged children the coping skills to overcome their experience. We help them find their inner strength and unlock their future potential.

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WE CAN BREAK THE CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL INCARCERATION THROUGH THE GEMS(GAINING EMPOWERMENT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL) PROGRAM.

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GEMS GIVES STUDENTS THE EMOTIONAL TOOLS AND SUPPORT TO THRIVE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, POSSIBLY THE MOST DIFFICULT PERIOD OF A CHILD'S LIFE.

“I learned (to ask) the right questions. It helped me to gain perspective which is important when trying to understand what someone is trying to say.”

-6th Grade Student,

Key Middle

School

“I’ve learned that communicating also requires listening to others when they voice their emotions.”

-7th Grade Student,

hoffman Middle School

“This program has helped me build a sense of patience with other people and myself. I used to have no understanding when trying to express myself, but now I’m better, calmer in doing so.”

-7th Grade Student,

Key Middle School