On behalf of the Children of Promise, NYC Executive Board of Directors, we thank you for your solidarity and sustained support during the Board's transition. As a founding Agency Board member, and now Chairman of the Board, it has been my honor to witness the successes and growth of the organization over the last 10 years.
Although 2014 was a year of organizational transition, we as an Agency, have made solid advancements, including the establishment of a 3-year strategic objective that encompasses the development of our Women's Philanthropic Network and the realignment of our Young Professionals Council. These actions have allowed us to cultivate strong volunteer committees to work alongside the Executive Board, ensuring quality service and a strong Agency structure for many years to come.
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Mental illness is frequently stigmatized and misunderstood in inner-city communities. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that culture biases against mental health services prevent many African Americans and Latinos from accessing care. Consequently, African Americans and Hispanic Americans are 50% less likely to take advantage of mental health services than their Caucasian counterparts. However, these populations of color are much more likely to be incarcerated than others living in the same geography. Given the emotional and psychological toll that imprisonment can have on those incarcerated and their families, it's imperative that mental health services be incorporated into their lives. READ MORE >>>
I founded Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) ten 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 non- profit 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
Children of Promise, NYC
Andrew Maloney, Chairman Board of Directors would like to take this time to thank everyone for their support in making a difference in the lives of children.
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"Brooklyn is a place where we raise healthy children and families from all backgrounds, including those with incarcerated parents. I thank Children of Promise, NYC for their work in Bed-Stuy and beyond to care for these at-risk youth and empower them with the tools to build bright futures."
Eric L. Adams
Brooklyn Borough President
"Children of Promise, NYC is doing one-of-a-kind work to stem the vicious cycle of minority and underserved youth getting caught in the clutches of the criminal justice system. The Agency's work is vital to the well-being of our community, and I am pleased to support Children of Promise in their efforts to meet the needs of all our children."
Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
New York City Council Member
Chair of Commerce on Small Businesses
"Sharon Content's vision of breaking the chain of generations of families in the prison system is wonderfully served through her organization Children of Promise. The children in these families face heartbreaking situations, but thanks to Children of Promise they have much needed support and community. I am very, very grateful for Children of Promise and the visionary Sharon Content."
New York State Senator
Chair of the Senate Committee on Children and Families
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