See Us, Support Us Contribution: Hena Ali-Bernard

See Us, Support Us Contribution: Hena Ali-Bernard

28 Oct 2017

Throughout #SeeUsSupportUs month, we are highlighting the voices of people directly impacted by parental incarceration. Below is a piece by See Us, Support Us partner Hena Ali-Bernard about her relationship with her father and her caregivers during his incarceration. 

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See Us, Support Us Contribution: Author Pamela Brunskill

See Us, Support Us Contribution: Author Pamela Brunskill

17 Oct 2017

Throughout #SeeUsSupportUs month, we are highlighting the voices of people directly impacted by parental incarceration. Below is a piece by author Pamela Brunskill about how schools can be more understanding and supportive of children of incarcerated parents. Read more about Pam and her story at https://pamelabrunskill.com/

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Celebrating Youth with Incarcerated Parents

Celebrating Youth with Incarcerated Parents

13 Jul 2017

Osborne’s Youth Action Council (YAC) and Youth Experience Success (YES) programs celebrated their annual Achievement Ceremony at St. James’ Episcopal Church this June. Volunteer partners at St. James’ welcomed Osborne staff, families, and caregivers to their beautiful and historic building to recognize the youths’ achievements during the 2016-2017 cycle. The participants in these two programs all share at least one thing in common: they have a currently incarcerated parent or a parent that was recently released from prison. Osborne’s YES Program is a nine month, skills-building curriculum for youth ages 13 to 15, who have a parent who is currently incarcerated. The YAC is a group of 16 to 19-year-olds whose mission is to raise awareness about the effect of parental incarceration on children and advocate for positive changes in the criminal justice system. At the ceremony there was a palpable sense of pride in the air for these youth, especially when listening to the amazing sound clouds both the YES and YAC members created on their own this year. One of the highlights of the ceremony each year is when the youth share what the program means to them. See their inspiring speeches below.

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