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Incarceration has significant and long lasting impacts
on families. Rochester parents serving sentences of one
year or under at Monroe Correctional Facility do not
suffer the consequences alone; the children of
incarcerated parents often lose contact with their
parents and many times visits are rare. Children of
incarcerated parents are more likely to drop out of
school, engage in delinquent behavior, and subsequently
be incarcerated themselves.
In 2014, the New York State Literary Center, in partnership with the Office of The Sheriff and the Rochester Broadway Theater League, piloted “Rebuilding Families” to rebuild and reaffirm the family for incarcerated parents and to reduce the impact of incarceration for their children through a program designed to connect newly released inmates with their families through attendance at a Broadway musical. The project was designed to build upon the New York State Literary Center’s knowledge and experience with arts integrated learning programming and the Rochester Broadway Theater League’s commitment to community engagement.
Rebuilding Families supports parent / child relationships through arts based projects that encourage good parenting as well as bonding with children and to enhance reentry by developing a means for incarcerated parents to reunite with their children.
In 2105, the “Rebuilding Families” partnership built upon the success of the Pilot Program and received funding for the partnership, through the Rochester Broadway Theater League, from The Broadway League in a rigorous national competition, the first funding ever awarded to a project that involved those incarcerated.
This is the third year of the successful “Rebuilding Families” partnership.
The New York State Literary Center (NYSLC) -- a
Rochester, New York area arts education organization --
provides transformative project based learning
experiences that foster literacy development, community
belonging, collaboration, and dialogue, for those