Sean Kilpatrick, a Brooklyn Nets star, volunteered to help with the restoration of the Children of Promise building.
We often speak about the victims of mass incarceration meaning thousands of Black people locked behind bars for minor offences or the crimes they never committed. We often forget that these people have families.
Children coming from the families where one or both parents are in prison suffer a great deal, the feel lonely, uneasy, helpless and angry. Saving them from prison pipeline requires constant support and counselling.
‘Children of Promise’ is an organisation offering afterschool programs to the children of incarcerated parents. The aim of the organisation is to break the intergenerational cycle of prison time in the criminal justice system by empowering the youth.
On Sunday a well-known Brooklyn Nets player, Sean Kilpatrick, joined some volunteers and Starbucks employees in order to clean and repair the Children of Promise premises.
Kilpatrick also made a speech about never giving up. He recommended the kids to “always continue to keep following your dreams and making sure that you can control what you can control.”
We applaud Mr Kilpatrick for choosing such a useful way to spend his free time and also for his strong belief in the Black community.