100,000 children in Oklahoma have a parent in prison. That’s 2 children per classroom.
OKMP is a literacy and prevention program for children whose parents are in prison. We reduce trauma & increase literacy rates by reuniting families through video stories.
Making a Difference
Oklahoma has the highest rate of incarcerated women in the country – and the second highest for men. 85.3% of the women in prison in the state of Oklahoma has at least one child. This means tens of thousands of children go months or years without one or both of their parents, which creates anxiety, depression, anger and loss of interest in school for these children. As children get to see and hear their parents saying “I love you and miss you. I’m proud of you!,” it helps traumatized children see themselves in a positive way and know that their parents are safe and well.
With more than 100,000 children in Oklahoma effected by parental incarceration, there’s no better time to get involved with the Oklahoma Messages Project.
Father’s Day is coming up, when millions of children around the country love to be with and honor their dads. The kids make gifts and cards, give dad hugs and celebrate them. Not so for those whose fathers are behind bars. There are no celebrations, just an aching to...read more
Congratulations to Cheri Fuller on being awarded Leadership Oklahoma's 2018 "Helping Oklahoma" recognition. The honor comes with a $2,500 donation to the Oklahoma Messages Project, which will help to expand the mission and reach of the...read more
We thank Sarah Walizer, one of our volunteers, for her wonderful work with the Oklahoma Messages Project. We hope you enjoy reading her perspective on our program. "Volunteering with Oklahoma Messages Project has been eye opening. I had never set foot inside a prison...read more