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Posted: Wednesday, 06 August 2014 4:30PM

Project WHAT! To Give Voice To Youth With Incarcerated Parents

It's estimated one in 28 kids in the United States - and one in nine African-American children - has an incarcerated parent. This is why youth and justice advocates have come together to launch a program aimed at giving those kids a platform to effectuate change. Amanda Alexander heads the Prison and Family Justice Program at the University of Michigan.



Project WHAT! has been created to empower these kids to serve as peer mentors, facilitators, and leaders in the movement for criminal justice reform. The group is hoping to raise $10,000 to launch the program next summer. Right now tens of thousands of kids across Michigan have an incarcerated parent, the new group hopes to give them a voice to share their experiences and influence policy.



Project WHAT! is based on a highly successful program in California which is credited with helping to change the protocol for San Francisco police officers when responding to children if they witness their parents' arrest.

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