Miss USA 2020 Asya Branch was in Brooklyn yesterday to share her childhood story with an incarcerated father. Photo credit: CPNYC
Miss USA 2020 Asya Branch, 23, traveled to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn yesterday, July 14, to share her story with children of incarcerated parents and their families about her growing up years with an incarcerated father in jail.
Branch was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in a small town in Mississippi, the sixth of eight siblings. After becoming the first African-American to win the Miss Mississippi title, she Miss USA in November 2020 in the competition oOriginally scheduled for spring 2020 but postponed due to the COVID pandemic.
She came to Brooklyn for to visit Children of the Promise, NYC (CPNYC) – an organization that provides support to children of incarcerated parents and their families through child-centered and trauma-informed programs and activities.
âI would have liked to have had an organization like Children of Promise as a child to deal with the trauma of having my father incarcerated for ten years of my life,â Brand said. âI am now using my voice and my platform to make a difference in the lives of these children and their parents. “
Through the various competitions, Branch has been open about the challenges her family faced as a result of mass incarceration, and has been an advocate for criminal justice reform. rents.
CPNYC has successfully developed an innovative, distinct model within New York City that co-installs a licensed mental health clinic and a full range of youth services at its sites in Bedford Stuyvesant and the South Bronx.
The CPNYC model is a holistic, multi-service approach that is tailored to each child’s individual strengths and challenges and provides a unique empowering environment specifically designed to foster resilience, support learning and academic achievement while strengthening social development. and emotional.
âIt’s important to bring these affected young people together in a safe space so they can share their experiences,â said Sharon Content, Founder and CEO of Children of Promise, NYC. âMany of these young people face the stigma, shame and secrecy of having a parent in prison. Our organization provides our academics with the tools to deal with these issues.