Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCOP)

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

What is the purpose of this service?

The Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCOP) program seeks to foster constructive, long-term, one-on-one relationships between mentors 18 years or older and school-age children (ages 4 - 17) with a parent in prison.  The mentor serves as a supportive role model that encourages positive self-regard and responsibility.  The relationships will promote positive childhood/adolescent development that reduces the likelihood of engagement in risk-taking behavior and thereby reduces the potential for involvement in the criminal justice system.

Who can receive these services?

Youth, age 4 to 17, living in the Humboldt Park or Roseland community areas of Chicago and having a parent in state or federal prison are eligible to become a mentee (youth receiving services). 

  • Humboldt Park Community Boundaries: Armitage Avenue to the north, Chicago Avenue to the south, Western Avenue to the east, and Pulaski Road to the west.
  • Roseland Community Boundaries: 85th Street to the north, 115th Street to the south, Cottage Grove Avenue to the east, and Halsted Street to the west.

How do I apply?

Additional Information: 

For more information on the Mentoring Children of Prisoners program, please contact:

Jerry Campbell, Project Director
Chicago Area Project
55 East Jackson, Suite 900
Chicago, IL  60604
(312) 588-3810

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