Currently more than two million American youth have at least one convicted parent serving out a prison sentence. Approximately 10 million of our nation's children have experienced parental incarceration at one point of their lives. These numbers continue to increase as the years tick forward. Having already successfully implemented a mentoring program for Faulkner County schools, C2E is now expanding their reach to fill the extraordinary needs of these suffering children.
It can be hard to see how our choices and actions can affect anyone but ourselves as we receive the consequences, but it should come as no surprise that children of incarcerated parents are also forced to serve a sentence. These youth are in an especially difficult position that requires extra attention and support to ensure the same successes as other students who aren't in the same situation. Children with incarcerated parents need a safe place to live where they will be cared for, they need someone to be honest about their parent's situation, as well as support to overcome the stereotypes associated with having a parent in prison.
To provide students of incarcerated parents with consistent and appropriate support to ensure success in the youth's future.
Students are recommended to our program by school officials, extended family members, or even the incarcerated parents. MCP will match each student with a mentor that has been certified and trained in dealing with these special circumstances. Mentors must meet with their mentees at least once a week for a year long committment. During this process the progress of each pair will be monitored by program directors and support staff.
Yes! Mentees must fall between the ages of 4 and 18 and have at least one or both parents currently serving out a sentence in prison. (For example parents that are still awaiting trial or a verdict in jail are not eligible for this service). Can Anyone Be a MCP Mentor?
MCP is designed to meet a very specific and special need for the youth of central Arkansas. We ask that all mentor candidates pass an extensive background check and undergo training to ensure a positive outcome to the relationship. MCP mentors are also required to make a 1 year committment to their mentor and meet at least once a week. Meeting criteria is covered in training, however mentors are encouraged to have one on one time with their mentee as well as group activities, community service projects, etc. The committment is crucial and we ask that all mentor candidates consider their time constraints before committing to this endeavor.
All questions regarding this new initiative can be directed to program director Rob Greer. You can reach Rob at his office number (501.505.8590) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also check out some of the provided materials below.