We believe in the potential of every woman and child, no matter what. We believe literacy is a social and revolutionary action for change.
UP with Books is our initiative to turn visiting day into a reading day. We donate new books for mothers in prisons to read with their children on visiting day.
EVERY $20 sends one book to a prison for one child to read with her or his mother on visiting day, and provides a discussion guide for the mom to accompany the book, plus a copy of the memoir, Prison Baby. Please donate as you are able so that we can purchase and ship new books and continue to build the program.
The unPrison Project (UP) provides high-quality, diverse children's books for ages 0-18 in prison visiting rooms for mothers to read with their children. The children then take the books home. A selection of books will also remain in the visiting room for circulation.
For some children, this will be the first gift they've ever received from their mother?
UP with Books helps the next generations.
Why Books? It's good for children, and good for mothers in prison who are trying to be involved and supportive parents at a distance. Parents and caretakers need to read with their children, and talk with and listen to them.
This gap impacts children of incarcerated parents, most of whom are low income. In other words, literacy and education are preventative measures on the road to reducing incarceration.
The facts about incarceration are too stunning to ignore:
(Statistics from Dept of Justice, Depts of Corrections, and Bureau of Prisons.)
About the Founder of The unPrison Project:
As its founder and motivational educator, Deborah Jiang-Stein uses her rare story to inspire others for positive change. Her birth in prison, and the road out the other side, led her to establish The unPrison Project, using research-based evidence that life skills, literacy, mentoring, and education are tools for success.
Author of the memoir, Prison Baby, Deborah works to raise awareness about women and girls in prison and mass incarceration in the United States.
PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU ARE ABLE. THANK YOU!