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Helping children, the world’s most precious resource, stay connected to their incarcerated parents

ABOUT THE MESSAGES PROJECT

Children are the silent victims of their parent’s crime. However, when a child’s parent is incarcerated, and a healthy connection is maintained, the child is less likely to experience social, emotional, and educational problems. For incarcerated parents,  a healthy family connection reduces the likelihood they will commit a crime after leaving prison.

The Messages Project helps establish and maintain the bond between children and their incarcerated parents through video messages and other interactive media. Our volunteers have recorded over 19,000 video messages with incarcerated parents from correctional institutions across the United States and abroad.

The Messages Project was recently awarded a Bronze Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, the world’s largest hub of non-profit information:

ABOUT THE MESSAGES PROJECT

Children are the silent victims of their parent’s crime. However, when a child’s parent is incarcerated, and a healthy connection is maintained, the child is less likely to experience social, emotional, and educational problems. For incarcerated parents,  a healthy family connection reduces the likelihood they will commit a crime after leaving prison.

The Messages Project helps establish and maintain the bond between children and their incarcerated parents through video messages and other interactive media. Our volunteers have recorded over 19,000 video messages with incarcerated parents from correctional institutions across the United States and abroad.

The Messages Project was recently awarded a Bronze Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, the world’s largest hub of non-profit information:

Founder & CEO

Carolyn LeCroy

When Carolyn LeCroy was sentenced to 55 years in prison for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, she witnessed firsthand the effects of broken relationships between incarcerated parents and their children. After Carolyn was paroled, she couldn’t shake the feelings of unhappiness regarding those broken bonds. In 1999, Carolyn took a camera crew and went back to prison – to record video messages from inmates to send to their children and families as Christmas gifts.Carolyn was named a CNN Hero in 2008 for her efforts and advocacy for these at-risk youth, and The Messages Project was thrust into the spotlight.

RECENT NEWS

The Messages Project has earned a Bronze Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world's largest hub of nonprofit information. This will help donors find us in the GuideStar database, and it assures the public that we are a legitimate non-profit. Check out our...

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2019 Dacetacular Gaming for a Cause

The Dace Man Show is back with their 6th annual fundraising game-a-thon! Watch the crew via live stream as they stay up for 24 consecutive hours and play video games for a good cause! The Message Project will receive all proceeds from this event. Watch the action on...

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Recent Filming – Behind the Scenes

Here's a look behind the scenes at a filming we're working on. These dads got to select a book, record a video for their children, and personalize the delivery that will be mailed home. We're making more great memories, one day at a time! Thank you to Kevin O'Sullivan...

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RECENT TWEETS FROM @MESSAGESPROJECT

The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject RT @PrisonPolicy: 1.5 million children have a father incarcerated in a state prison. For these and more facts, see our article from 2017: h… 15 hours ago
The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject Wishing you all a happy and healthy Father's Day. May your families be blessed with wonderful memories today! 15 hours ago
The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject RT @srefil: #fathersday First letter my son sent me. Tough to be a good dad in #Prison https://t.co/xED8yyOdg9 15 hours ago
The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject "Many men have watched their own children grow into adults while they linger and suffer because of a non-violent dr… https://t.co/mBateqiOpv 2 days ago
The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject RT @JessicaReidFEAT: Not only do kids experience the trauma of parental incarceration, they are also forced to endure the judgment, stigma… 3 days ago

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