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Y - Now Children Of Prisoners Youth Mentoring Program

Y - Now Children Of Prisoners Youth Mentoring Program
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Crittenden & Eastern Pkwy
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2400 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, KY 40217

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"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness to pull another hand into the light."
--Norman B. Rice

Y-NOW, the mentoring component of YMCA Safe Place Services, has begun recruiting volunteers for our 7th Children of Prisoners program.

Y-NOW youth participants are 11-15, living in the Louisville metro area, with at least one incarcerated parent. The stigma of having a parent incarcerated means that these youth often feel shame, blame, fear, ridicule, and embarrassment. They often struggle academically, and have a difficult time trusting adults. Studies show that children of prisoners are 7x more likely to become incarcerated themselves one day. We believe these youth deserve a chance to become productive members of our community. But we need your help to break the cycle.

Volunteers support all phases of the Y-NOW program -- youth enrollment, Departure, a 4-day camp, and Welcome Home Celebration. Our primary need however is for folks to serve as mentors – listening and providing encouragement, support, and stability so that these youth might begin to create a future that is distinctly different from the past. Volunteering with the Y-NOW program is a great way to gain insight into the lives of today’s youth and to connect with people from all over our community.

Volunteer positions begin July 2010 and continue through September 2011. No experience is needed, just heart and commitment. Training is provided.

For more information, please call Dave Washer at 502/635-4394

Do you want to see more about the Y-NOW program? Get on YouTube and type in Y-NOW.

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