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By Leaps & Bounds: Children of Incarcerated Parents

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The Delta Project
The Delta Project

Joel Van Kuiken, Cole Williams, and Dowan Mansfield from the Delta Project are here to discuss evidenced-based curriculum developed by Cole Williams called Son to a Father.

Half of the nearly 2 million people incarcerated in the United States are parents of children who are under the age of 18. Which means that on any given day, 2.7 million children have a parent serving time in prison or jail, and over 5.2 million have had an incarcerated parent at some point during their lives. Across this nation, there are a host of children and families involved in the juvenile justice system who do not have a voice, and who feel isolated and alone.

The Delta Project exists to break the generational cycle of incarceration by reconnecting youth of color and their families to community relationships through mentorship, coaching and storytelling. The Delta Project works locally to increase support for young, incarcerated fathers through their Young Father’s Initiative, Y-FI for short.

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First Steps Kent

Using an evidenced-based curriculum developed by Cole Williams called Son to a Father, students learn parenting skills and the importance of being present in their children’s lives. Here to talk more about The Delta Project are Joel Van Kuiken, Cole Williams, and Dowan Mansfield. For more information, visit thedeltaproject.co and normalwasneverenough.org

Shelley Irwin is the host and producer for The WGVU Morning Show, a newsmagazine talk-show format on the local NPR affiliate Monday through Friday. The show, broadcast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. features a wide variety of local and national newsmakers, plus special features.
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