Why our work matters
Isabelle’s Book Club is a way to help children who are dealing with issues of parental incarceration. Families that are disenfranchised by imprisonment resort to survival mode with homework and academics ending up at the bottom of the priority list.
Children with incarcerated parents are at risk of dropping out of school, engaging in anti-social behavior, and experiencing a decline in school work. They also exhibit high levels of truancy, aggression, and disruptive behaviors.
Roughly 10 million children in the US are affected by current or past parental involvement with the criminal justice system. Research shows a variety of educational problems occur in children who have been traumatized by the arrest, separation, incarceration and absence of a parent.
It is estimated that 50% of incarcerated juveniles have a parent who has been incarcerated.
Alarmingly, 16% of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade (7 years old) do not graduate from high school.
Under-educated individuals are at a severe disadvantage of gainful employment. These individuals also have greater propensity for a life of crime.
Books change lives. One of the biggest obstacles to literacy is the scarcity of books in the home; two-thirds of low-income families do not own books.
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