We are committed to reducing the traumatic effects of parental incarceration by providing curriculum-based social enrichment opportunities for youth and offer a safe, interactive community where they can discover their voice. By tending to the needs of this often-overlooked population, we aim to turn all silent victims around the nation to the UnForgotten Faces of Incarceration.
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For Rasha Bradley, the creation of Y.A.N.A. is personal. For much of her childhood and young adult life, her parents were incarcerated leaving her with the burden of the embarrassment and stigma associated with parental incarceration. While Ms. Bradley was able to overcome the challenges of her childhood, she knows that not all children will be as fortunate without having a caring network in place. Y.A.N.A. was founded as result of her desire to provide children of incarcerated parents the resources needed to assist them in such a perilous time in their lives. Her firsthand knowledge and understanding of what children experience when one or both of their parents are incarcerated gives her the unique ability to create effective resources for youth.
I have the passion and desire to help children of incarcerated parents because I was a child of incarcerated parents. I have firsthand knowledge and understanding of what our youth are experiencing because I have lived it and was able to navigate my way through life despite my circumstances.
Since 2004 Ms. Bradley has worked in the field of human resources to include working in the non-profit sector, collegiate university, and private sector for one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world. Her experience includes workforce development, training and development, recruitment, and learning and development.
Prior to her work in Human Resources, Ms. Bradley served in the Mental Health field as a case manager, focusing her work with underserved and disadvantaged youth; and later as an adult and children’s mental health therapist.
Her educational background includes a M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from William Carey College, and a B.S. in Social Rehabilitation Services from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Children in non-parental care who have experienced parental incarceration are more likely than others to have encountered additional adverse experiences
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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.