#TGLWIP Book Tour

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Every year, there are more and more children with an incarcerated parent. More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent. That is 1 in 28 children! Approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives.

Anyé Young published her self-help book for teenagers with incarcerated parents: Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents: #TGLWIP --- which provides insight  into the inner-turmoils of a child dealing with the shame, embarrassment and anger of having a parent in prison.

She continues to use her voice to encourage and empower children & the caregivers who have or are still suffering the effects of parental incarceration.  This fundraiser will cover the cost of Anyé Young's European Book Tour in 2019. Learn more at www.AnyeYoung.com !


FAMMilies for Justice Reform: Empower. Advocate. Win.
May 17th to 19th @ the Grand Hyatt Resort, Tampa, Florida

International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP) 2nd Biennial Conference
August 12th to 14th  @ The University of Huddersfield, England

- London, England @ TBA
- Cannes @ TBA
- Paris @ TBA
- Norway @ TBA
- Sweden @ TBA
- Switzerland @ TBA
- Australia @ TBA
- Ethiopia @ TBA
- Nigeria @ TBA
- Cape Town @ TBA
- Ghana @ TBA

Parental incarceration increases the risk of children living in poverty or experiencing household instability. A misconception exists that children of incarcerated parents are more likely to be incarcerated than their peers, and are predisposed to criminal activity. There is no basis for this in existing research. 

Parental incarceration is now recognized as an “adverse childhood experience” (ACE); it is distinguished from other adverse childhood experiences by the unique combination of trauma, shame, and stigma.

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On 12 March 2019, Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention (ATOP) Meaningfulworld invited Anyé Young to be a featured speaker during the parallel event, titled “Women at the Frontier: Healing, Empowering and Nurturing Mindful Leaders.”

This parallel event took the form of a panel discussion with speakers whom have been promoting gender equality in different sectors. Each of the speakers shared their experiences and motivation as well as success stories to which their organizations have contributed.

Young is now 17 years old and a graduating senior in high school. Young wrote a book last year, titled, Teen Guide to Living with Incarcerated Parents (#TGLWIP), and spoke about the absence of her father and the toll it took on her.

Young had both parents until she was nine years old, when her father, an African-American man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing clothes. She revealed that before she wrote the book, she had abandoned all hope and faith, but putting pen to paper helped her to forgive her father for his decisions and provided healing by offering hope to other teens. Young is a passionate young woman who has turned hardship into healing and help for others, and she now speaks out against the mass incarceration crisis.

Learn more about Meaningful World by visiting www.MeaningfulWorld.com!
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Anyé joins FAMM.org as a teen advocate and shares her views on mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Speaking Out and Breaking a Vicious Cycle

"My name is Anyé Young and I am the child of a prisoner. I was born in Greensboro, N.C., and now live in the Washington, D.C., metro area. I am currently 17 years old, a graduating senior in high school, and an honor student. On Father’s Day, June 2018, I self-published my first book, Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents (#TGLWIP). That summer, I was 16 and my father still had six years remaining on his 12-year prison sentence.

I was nine years old when I learned my father was sent to prison in North Carolina — 300 miles away from me. Imagine only being able to talk to your parent once a week for 15 minutes at a time. Or, not being able to see them more than a few times a year, for only two hours. Imagine having grown up with someone by your side your entire life only to suddenly have them ripped away for over a decade. I understand that pain because I’m still having to go through it every day."

Read her newest write-up as a guest contributor online at:

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Anyé had the opportunity to share her story via a special "Our Voices Series" feature on WEGOTUSNOW.ORG... Link to her full feature is below along with the following excerpt:

“Talking about this trauma is the first step to our healing: I feel that I owe myself and my father this service. I use my voice in order to help others find theirs. I sincerely believe that we have strength in numbers. We, the children with incarcerated parents, who are empowered enough to speak up, have no limit to the changes we can bring to prison systems throughout the world. I am happy to contribute to the We Got Us Now: Our Voices series by sharing my truth.”

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Article published on November 9, 2018
by Jeremy Loudenback

Anyé Young remembers the first time she went to Dave and Buster’s without her dad. The arcade was where Young and her father forged many happy memories together, a special place that Young considered “our thing.”

After her father was incarcerated when Young was 9, there were no more trips to Dave and Buster’s. Going there with her mother, after her father was sent away, drove home the absence of her father from her life.

“I was cranky, I was kind of upset because it was a reminder of all I didn’t have, which was my dad there,” Young said. “Going there was a sacred thing and it was a reminder of the bond I lost with my dad.”
Sent to prison on a theft charge, her father isn’t scheduled to be released for maybe another six years, until a time when Young may be graduating college.

Now 16, Young is a high school senior in Maryland who dealt with the experience of growing into adulthood without her father by writing about it. Her book — “The Teen Guide to Living with Incarcerated Parents: A Self-Help Book for Coping During an Age of Mass Incarceration” — offers advice about how to deal with an incarcerated parent and how to thrive during those tough circumstances.

Full article available by clicking the link below:

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