it’s #GivingTuesday and i teamed up with @childrenofpromisenyc to raise awareness for children with incarcerated parents and today donations are matched dollar for dollar by a private foundation (link in @childrenofpromisenyc ’s bio!!)!! this group does such neat work providing a sanctuary and after school programs for these kids. many of these kids have been through real traumatic experiences, like watching a parent get arrested or having to visit that parent in jail. it’s just not fair what these kids have to go through and how much their support system has been torn down around them.
every child in children of promise’s program has access to private and group therapy sessions and also can write letters to their parents and learn to process their feelings through art, all under the guidance of a clinician.
it’s really just a special place and they’re doing such great work for an issue that is so under-addressed. right now, 2 million people are incarcerated in america. that’s awful. mass incarceration does terrible things to people and has tremendous, negative impacts on societies and future generations. and it needs to be addressed... but in the meantime, we have to face the reality that there are very real little humans feeling the brunt of this and please think of them if yoo can.
these images are from my wonderful visit last fall. this little girl, Dimani, wanted to be beyonce so bad and she nailed the pose and these other little goofballs wanted to be kevin hart and the rock on a slide. xx, joel