Helping Children of Incarcerated Parents

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but almost 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. And while discussion surrounds the implications of these figures and what they say about the way we approach crime & punishment in this country, one very concrete result is that there are a vast amount of children in the U.S. who have a parent incarcerated. Kids like these have been found to experience shame, trouble in school, and often trouble with the law themselves. On Wednesday we’ll learn about the issues faced by kids whose parents are in prison, and some programs designed to help them.   Listen to the Show

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Mentoring

Maybe it was a favorite teacher who took you under his wing, a neighborhood leader who kept an eye on you, or something more formal, like a tutor, or a Big Brother or Big Sister. If a mentor like this shaped your life, chances are, you’ve never forgotten it. But have you considered returning the favor and mentoring a child in need? January is National Mentoring Month, a month to reflect on those who made a difference to us, and how we can do the same. Listen to the Show