Changing the Lives of Children through Music
Sparks for Success! was founded to change the lives of children through music. We focus on children affected by parental incarceration.
Research paints a dismal picture for many children of inmates who, along with their family members, are overwhelmed by their circumstances. While working with our students, we’ve come to realize that a holistic approach is necessary to change the trajectory of our children away from generational incarceration.
We help our students develop the life skills of discipline and perseverance by teaching them to play an instrument and giving them group music instruction.
The study of music instills important life skills that will serve our students as they progress through school, get jobs, and serve their communities.
Our goal is to encourage our students to achieve their potential. We help our children grow to understand there is something better for them to reach for.
Some of our students will become leaders in their communities and will advocate for children like themselves.
Ignite a Spark!
• Create Safe Spaces where children and families feel comfortable disclosing without feeling judged, blamed, or labeled.
• Post the Children of Incarcerated Parents’ Bill of Rights at your organization to signal you are aware of parental incarceration as an issue facing many children and are a safe person to talk to.
• Language matters! Refer to incarcerated parents as parents and people, not inmates, convicts, offenders or other terms that dehumanize and alienate children from opening up to you.