Joshua Brown

Civic Innovation Fellow 2016-2017

The Center for Children with Incarcerated Parents of America

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Mission

The Center for Children with Incarcerated Parents of America’s (TCCIPA) mission is to divert parental and intergenerational incarceration by helping at-risk, low-income individuals to stabilize their lives economically and reach their leadership potential in the community.

Summary

The Center for Children with Incarcerated Parents of America is a minority and veteran operated community-based organization that offers services in several areas in an effort to combat parental and intergenerational incarceration. The organization distributes publications and audio-visual materials free of charge to prisoners and their families, provides materials for and holds parent education training for those in the criminal justice system, helps those imprisoned and their children to maintain a relationship, and provides therapy for incarcerated mothers and their children.

Experience

The Center for Children with Incarcerated Parents of America (TCCIPA) was created because of the founder’s own journey with generational incarceration. Joshua Brown broke himself out of the cycle of repeated incarceration (a challenge his own father faced) by going to school and earning a Class A commercial license and earning an income making deliveries. He found himself carving a path for other men in his own neighborhood in the Old Fourth Ward. That led to him founding TCCIPA in 2015, where he has been training men and placing them onto delivery jobs for the past year.

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