Project WHAT! Guide

Project WHAT! Resource Guide for Teens with a Parent in Prison or Jail

Download here, last updated May 2008. (This file is very large--11.4 MB. It may take a while to download, especially over a slow internet connection. Please be patient as it downloads). If you would like an electronic version emailed to you, email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The 80-page guide answers common questions that children have when a parent is incarcerated. It has an entire section that explains complex jail and prison visiting procedures in plain language. It also includes compelling stories written by the Project WHAT! youth, who themselves have dealt with a parent’s incarceration, along with a CD of the stories read aloud.

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To get copies of the guide:

If you are a YOUTH, we will mail you a free copy. Please contact us and give us your name, age, phone number and full address. Also let us know how you heard about us. Thank you.

If you’re an agency or individual, for one guide, send us a check for $5 made out to Community Works, along with your name, full address and phone number. If you want multiple copies for your staff or youth, please contact us. If you cannot afford the $5 fee, please contact us and explain your situation, we can send limited copies to individuals free of charge.