Resources for families with children 3-8 years old dealing with the incarceration of a family member. Click https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/incarceration/ for info and here for downloadable guide for children and caregivers.
Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents (CHIRP). CHIRP, through a grant from the JAMS Foundation, offers youth with a parent who is incarcerated or returning from prison an opportunity to deepen their emotional awareness and their ability to manage conflict more effectively. The program gives youth an opportunity to meet and share their experience with others who are in a similar situation. Through a series of conflict resolution workshops, participants will gain emotional support and skill development while learning productive approaches in managing conflicts. Separate workshops will be arranged for children ages 9-12 and 13-17. There is no fee to attend the workshop. www.phillymediators.org
To register children for the summer workshop contact Good Shepherd’s Youth Service Coordinator, Graham Salinger, at 215-843-5413 or online here
The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) is an ongoing initiative by the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philly that connects formerly incarcerated individuals together with artists, civil rights lawyers, and many others to run a multitude of programs and initiatives. peoplespaperco-op.weebly.com
As you encourage the relationship between children and their incarcerated loved ones, the Virtual Visitation Program can help. It provides visitation via videoconferencing for offenders and their approved visitors. Sometimes visitors are unable to travel long distances to visit incarcerated loved ones, and the Virtual Visitation Program helps to bridge this gap. For more information go to https://www.cor.pa.gov/family-and-friends/Pages/Video-Visitation.aspx
For disconnected young adult and returning citizens, PowerCorpsPHL provides career-connected education and paid work experiences in collaboration with AmeriCorps and the city of Philadelphia, powered by EducationWorks. They work closely with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Philadelphia Water Department, and partners in the public and private sector, PowerCorpsPHL builds opportunities for young people to create promising futures by tackling pressing environmental challenges and developing the skills required to secure meaningful work. Check it out https://powercorpsphl.org/ or email PowerCorpsPHL@educationworks.org.
The Uplift Workforce Solutions program is designed to provide formerly-incarcerated and like-situated individuals an opportunity to gain long-term employment through the remediation of negative thought patterns, poor decision making and bad habits. upliftsolutions.org/workforce-solutions/
Click here to find resources in your community. reentrymap.cor.pa.gov
Their goal is to provide economic opportunity and a path to self-sufficiency for those otherwise locked out of the employment system, including those experiencing or who have recently experienced homelessness, individuals who have been previously incarcerated, and military veterans. https://firststepstaffing.com/ and 215-333-3349
The goal of the program is to assist fathers in supporting the well-being of their children, through education, training and personal development, with a focus on family strengthening. For pre-prison release or post-prison release fathers. 990 Spring Garden 215-685-0770. Brochure