I founded Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) seven years ago to help a forgotten population struggling with the psychological trauma and social stigma that stems from a parent’s incarceration. At the time, there was a gap in the level of support offered to these children and their families, despite the fact that incarceration rates were and still are on the rise. I am proud of what this organization has been able to accomplish for our clients thus far. With your help, we have provided holistic, robust services to hundreds of children and families that desperately need intervention, advocacy and support.
But our work doesn’t stop there. As evidenced by the recent events involving Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Freddie Gray, there are systematic issues stretching beyond the criminal justice system that continue to drive mass imprisonment for communities of color. Even in 2015, the young people that we serve at CPNYC are subject to racial profiling and economic inequalities that create stark barriers to upward mobility and catalyze the cycle of poverty and incarceration. As musician John Legend said during his 2015 Oscars acceptance speech, “‘Selma’ is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850.”
Therefore, it is with great urgency that I implore you to continue your support of organizations like CPNYC that help young people of color who strive for a better life. It’s through the conscientious actions of people like you that real change can be actualized. Consider becoming a mentor to a young person who needs guidance and an example of leadership. Volunteer at an organization that needs assistance implementing programs on a limited budget. Donate resources directly to bolster funding and development.
No matter how small your actions may seem to you, collectively they add up to make a tangible impact on the populations aided by nonprofit organizations like CPNYC. Thank you for the support you have already given, we are making headway in leveling the playing field for our clients. We’ve expanded rapidly over the last seven years and now provide a full suite of wide-ranging and impactful services. My staff and I feel it is our duty to continue the development of our organization in the right ways to maximize our impact on the young people we serve. I hope you will join us.
I look forward to continuing our work together as we strive to effect positive change on the lives of our children, their families and our community.
Keeping the Promise,
Founder & President