The New York Times published an article on July 5, 2009 titled “In Prisoner’s Wake, a Tide of Troubled Kids” calling prisoners’ children the “incarceration generation.”
“Recent studies indicate that having an incarcerated parent doubles the chance that a child will be at least temporarily homeless and measurably increases the likelihood of physically aggressive behavior, social isolation, depression and problems in school – all portending dimmer prospects in adulthood.”
1 in 28 children have a parent incarcerated.
These children are up to 70% more likely to be incarcerated themselves.
Only ONE of the more than 100 young adults ages 18 and older who have completed at least seven years of our programming has ever been incarcerated in state or federal prison!
kidz2leaders®, inc. provides stability, opportunity and a Christian community for children of inmates to break the cycle of incarceration.
Founded in 1999 by Rev. Dr. Diane Parrish, our organization began as a one-week summer camp, Camp Hope®, developed in response to Dr. Parrish's desire to break the generational cycle of incarceration. Camp Hope held its first summer camp in 2000 with only 13 campers. Today, children enter into more than a decade of progressive Christian year-round programming under the name of kidz2leaders, inc., designed to change the trajectory of their lives.
What We Do:
The journey begins for our children when they enter our programs at age eight and continues through high school graduation into college, trade school, the military or a full-time career. Participants progress through the following intentional, faith-based path, with the goal of producing adult Christian servant leaders who are contributing to their communities in a positive way.
Camp Hope: Cornerstone is the entry point where we start teaching basic Christina principles of love, trust, forgiveness and joy, while they learn to develop healthy relationships with adults and teens they can trust. Leadership Training Academy teaches more advanced servant leadership principles with the goal of developing successful young adults who are giving back to their communities and to Camp Hope. They are then given the opportunity to test their leadership skills by acting as teen counselors through the camper2counselor program.
interns4tomorrow: i4t teaches work readiness skills to our high school students who have served as camper2counselors with the goal of creating young adults who are ready for the work force and can support themselves financially. Students participate in paid, hand-on internships with metro Atlanta business partners. Additionally, they receive encouragement and guidance for life after high school, whether that be trade/technical school, college, military or work. Scholarships are also available through the Elgar Scholar program.
Alumni: We continue our relationship with our students through Alumni events designed to promote Christian community with young adult children of inmates who have participated in our programming.
Family Support: A variety of programming is offered to our families, including Zoo Atlanta Day, sporting events and Semi-annual Family Retreats that allow campers to share Camp Hope with their siblings and guardians, with the goal of creating closer, more stable family units.
What Makes Us Unique:
kidz2leaders is the only ministry in Georgia solely dedicated to working with children of inmates from age eight into college. We believe only through a long-term commitment can we permanently break this devastiting cycle.
We are so grateful to Gas South for offering the Gas South Fuel for Good Challenge, where we have the chance to be awarded up to $2,000 in incremental funding! As an organization with significant programming focused on Children in Need, funds raised during #GAgives on #GivingTuesday will help us expand our programming to meet the needs of more children of inmates in 2018! Help us raise a minimum of $2,500 to qualify for this tremendous opportunity! #GasSouthFuelForGood
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