The Marketing Research Education Foundation is thrilled to award Children of Promise with a $5,000 grant!
Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) is a nonprofit in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with a mission to embrace
children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of inter-generational involvement in the
criminal justice system. CPNYC’s innovative model transforms the lives of children impacted by parental
incarceration through the following holistic support services: academic support, one-to-one mentoring, mental
health, arts enrichment, family engagement, social justice initiatives and recreational activities. To this day, CPNYC
remains the first and only after-school program and summer day camp in NYC specifically designed to meet the
needs, interests and concerns of this forgotten population.
The $5,000 grant will be used for the CPNYC After School Program, which provides year round academic support, hands-on learning, therapeutic services, arts education and
physical fitness to children of incarcerated parents. Established in 2009 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn,
a community with one of the highest concentrations of incarceration in NYC, the After School Program
serves 350 children and their families each year.
Children of incarcerated parents experience significant uncertainty in nearly every aspect of their lives.
They face the stigma of having a parent involved in the criminal justice system, the loss and absence of
that parent and the isolation of not having these issues recognized. While there are more than 105,000
minor children with a parent in the New York State correctional system, there are few organizations in
place to address their needs. As a result of a lack of support, children with imprisoned parents are at-risk
for criminal justice involvement, high school attrition and turbulent interpersonal relationships. Many
children impacted by parental incarceration are dealing with anger, loss, depression and lash out at
others leading to classroom disruptions and confrontations with authority figures. Furthermore, these
children are sometimes ostracized by classmates leading to withdrawal and a reduction in self-esteem.
CPNYC recognizes children of incarcerated parents as under-served and highest in need for youth
development programs. The agency fills this critical gap by providing an innovative after-school
program, the only one of its kind in NYC, to this forgotten population at no cost to their families.
CPNYC’s unique model co-locates the after-school program with a licensed mental health clinic,
seamlessly providing access to therapeutic services and the best practices of youth development in one
location. Mental health practitioners work alongside after-school counselors to holistically address each
child’s mental, behavioral, social and academic needs.
What are the goals of your project/program?
The overarching goal of the After School Program is for young people traumatized by incarceration to
lead safe, meaningful and productive lives.
What are the outputs/objectives of your project or program?
During 2017, the After School Program seeks to:
1. Engage and enroll 350 youth ages 6 to 14 living or attending school in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the
surrounding areas of Brooklyn.
2. Provide 19-hours of weekly youth development activities for 38-weeks over the school year and 45-hours over the summer (6-weeks).
3. Recruit 250 volunteers to contribute at least 3-hours of service.
The $5,000 grant will be presented to CPNYC at the Insights Association’s NEXT Conference in New York, May 9-10, 2017