Celebrating our 15th Anniversary RISE 2013 Scholars

Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents

In the United States one in twenty-eight children has a parent in prison, yet this group remains hidden, with few services available to address their specific needs. While it is tempting to classify children of incarcerated parents in the same category as ‘at risk’ youth, they are different. They are more vulnerable.

Children of incarcerated parents are 6 times more likely than their peers to enter the criminal justice system, suffer from addiction, witness violence, live in poverty, and drop out of high school. These young people are circumstantially caught in a socio-medical syndrome that is not promising.

We believe education is the protective factor that builds resilience and opens doors for a self-determined, healthy adulthood. We believe we can put our arms around these children and ensure that the statistics won’t have to determine their destinies.

RISE was one of the first programs in the United States to focus on serving children of prisoners. Today RISE remains the only organization in Rhode Island solely focused on supporting the unique needs of these children.

For 15 years RISE has empowered hundreds of Rhode Island children and their families, recruited and sustained hundreds of mentors, attracted countless sponsors and donors, and partnered with private and parochial schools throughout the state. The RISE collective knows IT TAKES A VILLAGE to raise healthy kids and animates this truth every day. We welcome you to join the RISE community! Call or email our office to see how you can help and/or send a DONATION today!

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