Collective Mentoring Program
In 2007, 1.7 million children under age 18 had a parent in state or federal prison (2.3% of the entire U.S. child population).
Over 50% of the children of incarcerated parents have school problems, such as poor grades or instances of aggression.
More than half of parents in state prison provided primary financial support to their minor children before imprisonment.
Over 26,000 children in San Diego County have at least one parent incarcerated.
A child who has had a parent incarcerated is up to seven times more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system.
It costs California an average of $48,214 a year to incarcerate an inmate in state prison.
VOP Collective Mentoring Promotes:
- Greater feelings of hope about the future
- Improved school attendance
- Improved academic performance and classroom behavior
- Improved communication skills with adults and peers
- Resistance to drug and alcohol use
- Empowerment over violence
- Greater self-confidence