Ready To Get Involved?
Read the FAQs below to learn more about how you can join our cause.
How can I use my skills to help?
There are many ways to donate your skills and talents!
- Graphic design – Help us create content for social media, materials for events, etc.
- Videography/video editing – An important part of what we do is lifting up the stories of directly impacted individuals. Creating powerful videos is an effective way to make those stories heard.
- Photography – We often need a photographer who is willing to take professional photos at our events such as our annual Convening or our Healing & Hope reception.
- Financial or Technology Literacy – ICAN members can often benefit from coaching around financial and accounting concepts; and using 21st century technology and apps.
- Become a Professional Coach
How can I provide pro-bono services?
- Legal – We work with many attorneys who generously donate their time and expertise to provide representation for people who would otherwise not have that resource. If you are a lawyer and would like to donate your time, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mental Health – Because of the lack of mental health services in our prisons, many formerly incarcerated individuals experience lasting trauma. If you are a mental health professional and would like to donate your time, please reach out to email@example.com.
- Other services – Think your business might be able to provide a useful service? There are many ways to partner! We often need printing services, framing services, catering, space for hosting events or meetings, and have a range of new partnership opportunities through our Community Prosperity Initiative.
Can I become an ICAN member?
If you were incarcerated for a crime committed as a juvenile, consider becoming a part of our Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network. ICAN members work to change the narrative of formerly incarcerated youth and advocate for age-appropriate sentencing for children.
Can I hire formerly incarcerated individuals?
When individuals are released after having been in prison since childhood, finding a job is an incredible challenge. Hiring formerly incarcerated individuals gives them a chance to live a successful life outside of prison.
How can I host a party or event?
Because who doesn’t love parties! Many of our supporters have graciously opened their homes and hosted fundraiser parties to benefit the CFSY. These parties are not only a great way to help us network and raise money, but they also spark discussion about this important issue.
Are there other ways to donate or partner?
There are many ways to donate!
- Travel Assistance – Our advocacy team is constantly traveling around the country to speak with policy makers and advocate against harsh sentences for juveniles. If you have frequent flyer miles that you would like to donate to the CFSY, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Goods, Materials and Services– ICAN members can often benefit from free or discounted goods and services. Just a few examples include tools and uniforms; car repair or oil changes; haircuts and other personal grooming; therapeutic services; recreational activites (tickets for shows, games, local events), and gift cards for our Welcome Home Baskets. If you would like to donate goods or services, please email email@example.com.
How do I become an official supporter?
There are a number of ways to become an official supporter. More than 100 law enforcement, social justice, faith-based and child protection organizations have signed on as official supporters of our Statement of Principles and your organization can join them. You can also sign on as a partner in our Community Prosperity Initiative to support people coming home after decades in prison. Official supporters receive regular news and updates from the Campaign, are listed on our website and outreach literature, and may be contacted by the Campaign to help advance federal state-specific reform efforts. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org if your organization would like to become an official supporter or if you would like additional information.
Do you have advocacy opportunities?
We depend on people like you to mobilize support and bring about change at the state level. If you want to get involved in your state, contact us and we will put you in contact with your state-based campaign coordinator.
Can I share my personal experience?
If you are a person currently serving or formerly incarcerated, have lost a loved one to youth violence, or have another personal connection to life without parole for youth, we may be interested in sharing your story. Circulating stories helps to humanize the human face of life without parole for kids and show widespread support for just reform. So that we can get to know you a little better, please begin by writing a summary of your connection to the issue through our Contact Us page.
Who do I contact regarding joining other former prosecutors and judges?
If you are a former prosecutor or judge, support fair sentencing of youth by signing a statement opposing life without parole sentences for youth. Email email@example.com to learn more.
How do I join the email list?
Stay informed on what is happening in our fight to end harsh sentencing for juveniles. By joining our email list, you will receive our newsletters as well as other important updates on the movement. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join!
If you are interested in having a CFSY staff member speak at your organization or event, please complete the form below and we will respond to your request within two weeks.