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The Shifting Project aims to tackle issue of single parent homes due to incarceration

(Source: The Shifting Project Facebook) (Source: The Shifting Project Facebook)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Around 189,000 children in Georgia have a parent in a state prison or county jail at any given time according to the Shifting Project's website. 

They say those children are more likely to perform poorly in school and to experience mental health issues, along with depression. The Columbus chapter of the Shifting Project says they want to decrease those numbers and prevent youth from turning to drugs, violence and gang activity through education, community enrichment, and peer group activities.

"It is our job as parents, as educators, as influencers, to do our part and to give back and to reach back and pull up kids who need it and don't have the support," says Founder Brandy Kennedy.

Saturday, the chapter held their 2nd Annual Info Mixer and Kick-Off Event to invite the community to meet their team and discuss sessions planned for 2018. Parents and grandparents say it is something that is well-needed in the local community.

"They need mentors. My grandson, his father is incarcerated, and Im looking for mentors for him. He's kind of shy around men," explained Jacqunita Easley.

Click here for more information on the Shifting Project and how you can help.

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