Archived from May 2017

I was thrilled to receive a letter from one of our students, now serving time in prison. Part of our program is staying in touch with students whether they go home or to another facility. The letters we write are dubbed kites, which is prison parlance for letters of exchange be it internal or external; it’s also how we came up with our name. In the kite I sent after this student’s transfer, I enclosed a $5 money order for postage and sent a few writing prompts for them to remain part of our community. Maintaining these connections is crucial to our mission and especially important when working with disenfranchised youth.

Gigi Blanchard