Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) is a community based, non-profit organization, in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed Stuy), Brooklyn, whose mission is to embrace the children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system. When a child loses a parent due to death or is separated as a result of divorce or military deployment, the child receives a level of sympathy and understanding from the community. When a parent is away serving time in prison the child does not receive the same level of compassion and empathy from members of society.
CPNYC provides a uniquely integrated service model, year-round, to meet the distinctive needs of children with incarcerated parents. The organization currently provides comprehensive academic enrichment, mentoring and mental health services in an after-school and summer day camp setting.
CPNYC understands that the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system can be broken if social, economic and educational inequities are addressed. Our work begins with the de-stigmatization of parental incarceration, creating an authentic and open environment that is tailored specifically to the needs of our children. We recognize that the strength and resilience of our young people is best measured through their growing belief in the possibilities of their own promise.