Students held in juvenile justice settings face unique challenges—of loneliness, lack of a sense of family and belonging—during the holiday season. At CEEAS we address this through Sending Some Love, our holiday book recording project. Sending Some Love, gives young people who are locked up an opportunity to share, express themselves, and combat their feelings of loneliness and isolation during the holiday season.
Participants are recorded as they read a holiday book aloud. Then, they send the recording to a young child—maybe their own child, a younger sibling at home, or a child at a nearby daycare center. Sending Some Love started back in 2007 at the Maya Angelou Academy. Today hundreds of students around the country participate. Click here to listen to a story read by a student held in a juvenile justice facility.