Pure Heart Foundation
To embrace children of incarcerated parents (COIP) and empower them to break the cycle of generational involvement in the criminal justice system.
To provide all children with incarcerated parents an opportunity to reimagine their life confidently knowing that they’re seen, supported, and have equal access to resources and opportunities that will help navigate them to thrive in life and end the cycle of generational incarceration.
Currently 2.7 million children in the U.S
have a parent incarcerated
1 in 9 African American Children
1 in 28 Latino Children
1 in 57 White Children
228,000 children in Michigan alone have had a parent incarcerated before reaching the age of 10, ranking Michigan in the top ten states with children of incarcerated parent.
4 in 10 Children have a incarcerated parent in Detroit
1 in 10 Children have a incarcerated parent in Michigan
Studies suggest that children with incarcerated parents are seven times more likely to be entangled in the criminal justice system based on their parent's incarceration. Children of incarcerated parents (COIP) are at higher risk to suffer from emotional, social, educational, and financial distress. COIP are the silent victims of mass incarceration and often times suffers in silence.
has successfully graduated high school and now called Pure Heart Cycle Breakers
high school graduation rate since its inception in 2015
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have entered the criminal justice system
Pure Heart’s Approach to Breaking the Cycle
Pure Heart has a multi-pronged holistic model that focuses on 6 critical areas, and they are the following:
Mental Health, Academic Enrichment, Family Reunification, Recreation and Arts, Cycle Breaker Initiative and Mentorship
Our wraparound approach provides our scholars and families with unique programs designed specifically to support their needs. Through fostering a community that understands the needs of children with incarcerated parents, providing a safe place where COIP can connect with other youth experiencing the same barriers and providing Pure Heart holistic program model. Our approach has been successful, sustainable and our scholars are continuously breaking the cycle of generational incarceration.