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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.

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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.

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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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