The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.’s (NCNW) mission: “to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent, as they support their families and communities,” Sacramento Valley Section’s (SVS) goal of the Children of Promise Conference (COP): to provide parents and caregivers of underserved children with the life style skills and resources to raise children of promise thus reducing the number of African Americans in California prisons.
In cultures where women are the primary care givers of children, they are the nurturers and perpetuators of the cultures. African American women have profound influence on the choices and decisions their children make. During the child rearing process, are African American women influencing their boys in such a manner that they make decisions that result in a disproportionate number (per population) of African American males being incarcerate? The COP Committee understands and recognizes that racism and many other external factors influence the African American males’ choices that parents do not control. Nevertheless, the COP Committee’s focus is on the primary caregiver’s role in influencing the decisions that boys make which result in statistics that say that in California the African American population is 7%, but 29% of the prison population includes African American males. Why?
In the 70’s with the increased in the number of teenage pregnancies, ill-prepared teenage girls started became the heads of their household and an increase number of babies born drug addicted. Prior to then, the majority of the teenage girls stayed with their familieswhere they and the new born were nurturedand she finished high school and/or college.As a result of the increase in teen heads of householdswe have parents with deferreddreams raising “Children ofPromise.”
African Americans students have the:
One of the reasons is because theparents and/or caregivers of African American Children of Promise are not engaged in the education of their children. They don’t know how to help them fulfill their dreams and achieve their goals.The COP Conference has focused on: