Collective Mentoring Program

the facts

  • 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.

Our Impact

VOP Collective Mentoring Promotes:‚Äč

  • 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

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