One of the basic Reading Legacies strategies is focused on the importance of facilitating family bonds for children and youth in family situations where a parent is separated from them due to being incarcerated for a period of time. The volunteer-driven program provides an interactive workshop forum for incarcerated parents to learn about the importance of reading aloud with their children at home. Story books are provided and read aloud by these parents on DVD so they can send them home to their children, letting them know that they care about them greatly – and that they value reading as an important family activity. By participating in this workshop and videotaping session, these parents are able to reach out to their children in a beneficial manner – helping to break the cycle of brokenness caused by these separations.
We value children and youth as powerful and important resources for the future of any community.
During 2017, Reading Legacies helped to create 5,196 shared-reading experiences for over 3,044 participants through our Reading Legacies program for families. This is all possible due to our dedicated volunteers who have provided over 2,200 hours of their time, as well as generous contributions from community members.
2017 survey results from family members at home:
Survey results from participating inmates/detainees: