Saturday, November 18, 2006


Washington, DC - Nov 17, 2006 Capitol Educational Support Inc. (CES), a local non- profit organization, will host a fundraiser to support the launch of “Breaking the Chain”, a program which benefits the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program on Wednesday November 29, 2006 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sky Club, 700 Water Street, S.W.

Nearly 2 million children in the United States have an incarcerated parent. The Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program trains adult volunteers to mentor youth whose parents are in prison.

CES was the sole District of Columbia non-profit to receive grant support to establish the program by the U.S. Department of Health and Services. To provide 100,000 new mentors to children and youth of incarcerated parents, Congress established the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program, through the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001 (Public Law 107–133).

“Mentoring children of incarcerated parents is vital to helping at-risk youth prepare for the future and gain exposure to positive role models,” says Okera Stewart, executive director of CES. “Capitol Educational Support is committed to making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and are excited about this program and its possibilities for the families in the District.”

The “Breaking the Chain” fundraiser will celebrate the possibilities that this award affords broken families in need of external support. A suggested donation of $50 is requested, yet this event is open to the media and the public. The evening will include a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by cocktails and a live art installation ceremony by Artwork Mbilashaka. Artists and DJ will collaborate artistic compositions using African aesthetic as inspiration.

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About Capitol Educational Support

Capitol Educational Support, Inc., a non-profit organization, provides a full-range of comprehensive supplemental educational services to students enrolled in public schools that are “in need of improvement”. Their individualized One-to-One and Small Group tutoring and mentoring program is proven effective in developing the whole student, both academically and behaviorally. Capitol Educational Support works in close collaboration with parents & guardians, schools, community organizations and a broad range of education and behavioral specialists. Their consistent, individualized approach to learning and development ensures all CES students receive a tailor made educational and social development curriculum. The organization’s proven experience and community based approach to learning has now helped thousands of students reach their individual goals and build a basis for a lifetime of positive learning.

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1 comment:

Tutor Mentor Connections said...

Until the government realizes that mentoring is a long-term process, solutions that provide only short term support will not have as much expected benefit as we all might hope.

Instead of focusing on children of incarcerated parents, why not focus on funding comprehensive, long-term tutor/mentor programs serving kids in high poverty neighborhoods. Such programs would likely include most of the youth in the incarcerated parents target group, but would also include youth who might be future dropouts or criminals themselves without the support of extra adults in their lives.

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