We’re on the front lines rallying individuals to create a society that respects the dignity and human rights of all children. Join us in the effort to ensure that we hold children accountable for the harm they have caused in ways that reflect their unique status as children and their capacity to change. Find out how to get involved below.
Ready To Get Involved?
Read the FAQs below to learn more about how you can join our cause.
How can I provide pro bono services?
Graphic design – Help us create content for social media, materials for events, etc! Please contact Adam Kemerer at email@example.com.
Legal – We work with many attorneys who generously donate their time and expertise to provide representation for people who would otherwise not have that resource. If you are a lawyer and would like to donate your time, please reach out to Rebecca Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health – Many formerly incarcerated individuals experience lasting trauma, which is often exacerbated by a lack of mental health services in prisons. Please note that our network members are adults, not youth, who have come home after serving extreme prison sentences. If you are a mental health professional and would like to donate your time, please reach out to Anna Melbin at email@example.com.
Financial or Technology Literacy – ICAN members can often benefit from coaching around financial and accounting concepts; and using 21st century technology and apps. Please reach out to Anna Melbin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Other services – Think your business might be able to provide a useful service? There are many ways to partner! We often need printing services, framing services, catering, space for hosting events or meetings, pro bono consulting and have a range of new partnership opportunities through our Community Prosperity Initiative.
Can I become an ICAN member?
If you were incarcerated for a crime committed as a child, consider becoming a part of our Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network. ICAN members work to change the narrative of formerly incarcerated youth and advocate for age-appropriate sentencing for children. Contact Eddie Ellis at email@example.com for more information.
Can I hire formerly incarcerated individuals?
When individuals are released after having been in prison since childhood, finding a job is an incredible challenge. Yet businesses benefit greatly from the investment in these individuals and in increasing diversity and inclusion among their workforce. Hiring formerly incarcerated individuals gives them a chance to live a successful life outside of prison. Please contact Anna Melbin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How can I host a party or event?
Many of our supporters have graciously opened their homes and hosted fundraiser parties to benefit the CFSY. These parties are not only a great way to help us network and raise money, but they also spark discussion about this important issue. Reach out to Christina Oliver at email@example.com for more information.
Travel Assistance – Our advocacy team is constantly traveling around the country to speak with policy makers and advocate against harsh sentencing policies. If you have frequent flyer miles that you would like to donate to the CFSY, please email our advocacy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goods, Materials and Services– ICAN members can often benefit from free or discounted goods and services. Just a few examples include tools and uniforms; car repair or oil changes; haircuts and other personal grooming; therapeutic services; recreational activites (tickets for shows, games, local events), and gift cards for food and supplies. If you would like to donate goods or services, please email Anna Melbin at email@example.com.
Do you have advocacy opportunities?
We depend on people like you to mobilize support and bring about change at the state level. If you want to get involved in your state, please read our legislative issue brief and contact Preston Shipp at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with your state-based campaign coordinator.
Can I share my personal experience?
If you are a person currently serving or formerly incarcerated, have lost a loved one to youth violence, or have another personal connection to youth incarceration, we may be interested in sharing your story. So that we can get to know you a little better, please begin by writing a summary of your connection to the issue through our Contact Us page.
Who do I contact regarding joining other former prosecutors and judges?
If you are a former prosecutor or judge, you can support fair sentencing of youth by signing a statement opposing life-without-parole sentences for children. Email email@example.com to learn more.
How do I join the email list?
Stay informed on what is happening in our fight to end harsh sentencing for juveniles. By joining our email list, you will receive our newsletters as well as other important updates on the movement. Click this link to join!
At the CFSY, we’re on the front lines working to ensure that children are held accountable in fair, age-appropriate ways. You can join us. Click to the right to learn how to get involved and help us make a real difference in the lives of individuals who were incarcerated as children, their families, and all people affected by injustices in the system.
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