Cherish Our Children Inc.

Because Amazing Futures Start Right Now!

aka COCI, GEMS -Gaining Empowerment in Middle School   |   Houston, TX   |  www.cherishourchildren.org

Mission

Before children can believe in themselves, someone has to believe in them, but once they do believe in themselves, anything possible. COCI is focused exclusively on supporting early adolescent and teenage children of incarcerated parents (COIP), working to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration and abuse by providing social, emotional and cognitive skillsets, positive role models, and life skills coaching to teens who have experienced the trauma of having a parent in prison.

Ruling year info

1993

Presdient/CEO

Ken Wells

Main address

448 W. 19th St. Box 647

Houston, TX 77008 USA

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EIN

76-0393617

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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GEMS - Gaining Empowerment in Middle School

GEMS - Gaining Empowerment in Middle School focuses on the needs of children of incarcerated parents during the period when they are most likely to slip through the cracks, the early adolescent years. At that age they face all of the challenges of middle school combined with the trauma, stress and shame of having a parent who has been incarcerated. GEMS addresses this complex problem through a holistic,
wraparound approach involving in-school classes that teach social, emotional and cognitive skills, family outreach and positive influences through role-models.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Where we work

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We work with children of incarcerated parents, primarily students at the middle school level. Our GEMS program provides in school classes and outside of school services to help these students overcome the trauma, stress and shame that is associated with having a parent who has been in prison.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), We engage students directly in class to gauge their emotional wellbeing.,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our curriculum is based on a continuous model. Feedback from students and our own analysis of lessons are used to modify and improve class programming.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, subject matter expert advisors,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We launched our middle school program during the COVID-19 disruptions to schools. Listening to our students, analyzing lessons and reaching out to subject matter experts for advise on improvements was critical to adapting the program to the challenges the pandemic presented us.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We work with early adolescents, a notoriously difficult group to get feedback from.,

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Cherish Our Children Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/24/2021
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Board chair

Rob Wisner

Crain, Caton and James

Robert Wisner

Crain, Caton and James

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