Approaching Kingdom Needs Endurance and Wisdom

Serving with a new approach.

Mission

We aim to empower and equip Black and Brown youth and their families who have been impacted by the Criminal Justice System.

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Our Vision

To be an Advocate & Resource Center for Black and Brown youth and their families impacted by the Criminal Justice System.

Volunteer

We count on volunteers to bring their unique skills and healing kindness to families to encourage their growth, knowing there are individuals, groups and corporations unselfishly volunteering their time, talent and resources to them.

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We could not do all the critical work we do without the support of generous individuals, foundations, corporations, and organizations who share our belief in strengthening families and protecting children.

Advocate

Aknew Approach, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide services and resources to youth and families that have been directly and/or indirectly impacted by the Criminal Justice System.

Core Values

    • Servant Leadership

 

    • Respect

 

    • Purpose

 

    • Integrity

 

    • Boldness

 

    • Love

 

    • Wisdom

 

    • Compassion

 

    • Success

 

Acronym: Approaching Kingdom Needs Endurance and Wisdom

Our Client: Black and Brown Youth and Families affected by the Criminal Justice System

Our Commitment

  • We are committed to providing under-served communities with non-traditional resources and programs that empower them to become change agents by renewing mindsets, developing skill sets, and creating assets.
  • We are committed to being an Advocating Voice for the forgotten.
  • We are committed to breaking the cycle of recidivism and mental imprisonment by strengthening minority children and families through support, education, and advocacy.
  • We are committed to increasing public awareness of the underlying problems of the children and their families, who are victims of the criminal justice system through education, advocacy and research.
  • We are committed to collaborating with local, state, and government agencies that provide access to resources that will improve the quality of life for minority youth and their families impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • We are committed to partnering with other organizations to fill in the gaps between minority youth and their families during the parent's transition back into society.
  • We are committed to providing minority youth, and their families access to Human and Social Capital, which includes education, basic life skills, traveling, vocational training, employment opportunities and less tangible resources such as social networks and access to civic institutions.
  • We are committed to listening to the voice of minority youth and families who the Criminal Justice System has impacted.
  • We are committed to educating, normalizing, and providing access to mental health services to minority youth and families impacted by the Criminal Justice System.

The Bureau of Justice reports that the prison system costs taxpayers $80 billion a year to put 2.3 million people behind bars, leaving many youth and families behind to pick up the pieces when a loved one goes away.

These families bear numerous burdens when a loved one becomes incarcerated, including trauma, stigma, shame and isolation. Additionally, they are likely to experience increased financial strain, physical and emotional stress, and lack of external resources.

Approximately 5 million youth have experienced parental incarceration.

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Yet, there is an appalling gap in services in meeting the needs of youth with incarcerated parents, creating a massive public health crisis, created by our country's system of mass incarceration. The unique needs of these youth are overlooked and forgotten, as no government agency on the federal, state or local level recognizes this group of youth or takes responsibility for their well-being. Thus, these youth are overlooked, and their needs are unattended to, which leads to a multitude of poor life outcomes and a continuance of the unjust intergenerational cycles of harm and incarceration.

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"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.

Nelson Mandela,
Former President of South Africa

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