A staggering one in 28 children in the United States has a parent in prison and national estimates are that as many as 71% of these children may one day themselves become incarcerated.  Having a parent in prison is listed as one of the top 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

These risk factors motivated Rev. Diane Parrish to start a one-week camp in 2000, Camp Hope, only for prisoners’ children. The camp was the catalyst for what is now the year-round ministry called kidz2leaders, inc., where intentional programs teach campers that God has a different plan for their life.

kidz2leaders is making a difference!  Only one of the 90 youth and young adults ages 17 and older who have completed our six-year camp programming curriculum and completed one year as a teen counselor has ever been incarcerated.