Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.


PWP is committed to building quality, life-long mentoring relationships that change the lives of children forever. The Mentoring for Life Change (MLC) program provides one-on-one and group mentoring for youth, ages 5-25, which are affected by a parent’s incarceration. MLC participants are involved in the program during their parent’s incarceration, as well as after their parent’s release. The mentor serves as an example and a role model of how healthy adult life-styles, positive family relationships and spiritual vitality make a difference in the life of a young person.

Every mentor match is same gender and formed naturally through prior interaction with interested youth in an activity or group setting. PWP trains mentors to meet and relate to the unique needs of prisoners’ children and provides ongoing encouragement and staff support to every mentor.

“PWP” helped me realize that I am valuable and I can be anything I want to be.”

~a child with an incarcerated parent

“They never gave up on me even when I pushed them away. Now I know they love me.”

-a child with an incarcerated parent


  • Break the cycle of crime within families
  • Re-establish, strengthen and maintain the emotional connection between parent and child.
  • Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
  • Reduce the rate of recidivism
  • Decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior
  • Improve relationships between youth, parent and caregiver
  • Improve school attendance and academic achievement
  • Improve behavior in the home, school and community

Making a Difference

…in the lives of children of prisoners

  • 94 % have shown notable academic improvement.
  • 96 % of the children and teens stay in school.
  • 96 % have demonstrated good behavior in school.
  • 96 % of kids mentored by Parenting With Purpose remain crime-free.
  • 100% of the children and teens are able to remain in contact with their incarcerated or released parent.

… in the lives of incarcerated parents

  • 81% of the parenting program graduates are more involved in their children’s school while incarcerated.
  • 86 % of the released parents remain crime-free.
  • 85 % of the incarcerated parents served rated themselves higher in their parenting skills after they completed the parenting classes.
  • 91 % of the families involved in the mentoring program showed improvement in their family relationships.
  • 100 % of the parents released acquired a job or schooling.
  • 100 % of the released parents acquired safe housing.