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Connecting Through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, Their Children, and Caregivers (CLICC) is a non-profit program. They use mentoring and literacy activities to strengthen communication and deepen bonds between children and their incarcerated parents. Their goal is to reduce recidivism rates for incarcerated mothers and fathers, while also reducing the shame and stigma that their children may experience. CLICC is a one-year program. Each child and parent in the CLICC program meets with a separate mentor on a weekly basis for one year. The CLICC-trained parent mentors meet with parents in prison, either individually or in a group. CLICC-trained child mentors meet one-to-one with a child (age 5-17) at a site in the community that is convenient for the child, such as a local library or afterschool program. The parent and child read approximately one book — selected by the child — per month. With mentor support, they complete literacy exercises connecting the books to their lives through letters to each other. The books also can be discussed during phone calls and in-person visits.

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