Children of Promise, Youth Mentoring Programs
Children of Promise programs change lives by providing youth with adults who can help them to thrive and envision a positive future for themselves. Our mentors and committed staff members help youth develop a rich set of assets that help them cope with risk and overcome personal and external challenges faced in their environment.
Children of Promise programs are guided by a simple principle that all members of any community can stand behind: It’s our community. They’re our future. Operated by the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services nonprofit foundation, Community Corrections Improvement Association (CCIA), we have an underlying goal of engaging and involving youth to help reduce recidivism and the likelihood of their involvement in the penal system. Each and every kid deserves to have trusted adults they can turn to, and experiences in their community that make them feel involved, important, and hopeful so that they may achieve their goals and dreams.
Our vision is a world in which all children feel valued and respected.
All young people have the ability to succeed and positively contribute to their communities, but many do not get the supports they need to thrive. Nearly half the U.S. population of youth between 10 and 18 years of age live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential. Without intervention by caring adults, they must navigate complex life situations and challenges on their own, leaving them vulnerable to poor decisions that can undermine their futures.
We can help children by increasing the protective factors they have in their lives. By connecting youth with caring adults, exposing them to positive community activities, and educating them about healthy life decisions, we believe we can help reduce the negative impact of factors like family history of incarceration.
Research is clear; children need positive relationships with caring adults in order to succeed. A good mentor can turn a life around!
Children in quality mentoring programs are less likely to engage in risky behaviors like substance abuse, are more likely to graduate from high school, and attend college.
Community Corrections Improvement Association (CCIA)
Children of Promise programs are operated by the Community Corrections Improvement Association (CCIA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation whose mission is to support community-based corrections with community involvement, acceptance, and financial resources to establish and embrace pro-active programs that break the cycle of crime.