The Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) program of Youth Horizons began in October 2010 with the goal of matching 200 children with incarcerated parents to caring adult role models over the next three years. This is made possible through a grant awarded by the Federal Youth Service Bureau (FYSB). The grant funding abruptly ended in September 2011 as a result of federal budget cuts, but the program continues.
On any given day there are 1.7 million children with a parent in prison or under state or federal supervision. Statistics suggest that as many as 80 percent of these youth may eventually follow their parents into prison. Their risk of poor performance in school, in the labor market and in society is distressingly high. Youth Horizons, collaborating with many local and national programs and organizations, aims to assist these young people through mentoring—a strategy proven to reduce risky behavior and promote achievement among disadvantaged youth.
Please help us meet the needs of these children by mentoring a child. If you are interested in mentoring, please click here.
Youth Horizons’ MCP program includes three key elements:
- The support and involvement of faith-based congregations
- All of our mentors are recruited from local churches.
- Drawing on a sense of compassion and spiritual mission, these congregations provide the volunteer mentors for the Mentoring program.
- The promotion of strong personal relationships between youth and their mentors
- Following the one-to-one community-based model, Youth Horizons seeks to develop lasting relationships between mentors and youth that last more than a year.
- Our matches meet weekly for 2-3 hours and are supervised by coaches to aid and assist the mentors and families.
- Professional case management and support of the mentoring matches to ensure that the protégé, the family and the mentor can all work together harmoniously.
If you would like to mentor a child please fill out the mentoring interest form
Youth Horizons Mentoring Program is proud to be a part of the national initiative for the Mentoring Children of Prisoners.