Nearly 3 million American children struggle with at least one parent who is incarcerated. Approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. Not only does the imprisonment of a parent impact a child’s emotional health and social development; these children are three times more likely to be incarcerated later in life. Studies estimate that 7% of all U.S. children have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives and 1 in 28 children currently have a parent behind bars. They are the silent, forgotten victims who have very few resources available to help them cope with the challenges of losing a parent to the prison system.
encourage | equip | empower
You(th) Are Not Alone/Y.A.N.A is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing community for children with incarcerated parents through our curriculum-based program.
We provide a youth community that is free from judgement, embarrassment or the stigma associated with parental incarceration.
We offer children the tools they need to process and deal with life stressors, social struggles and powerful emotions in a positive and productive manner.
By empowering children to incorporate new coping and interpersonal skills we help them realize the beauty and potential that resides in them, extending far beyond their circumstances.
Studies estimate that 7% of all U.S. children have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives
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We are so excited to launch YANA! It signals the beginning of our journey to reach
the thousands of children with incarcerated parents.