Free Summer Camp

With each of our initiatives, we continue to explore, question, research, and promote viable solutions that will strengthen families and improve the lives of children affected by parental incarceration.


CIC sends emails at least once a month with information about family friendly events and activities in the Twin Cities, as well as information specifically for families impacted by incarceration.

Online Resources for Eating Well, Staying Active and Continuing Education During Social Isolation During COVID-19




Non-profit organization Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (CIC) is teaming up with the Minneapolis YMCA and community partners to offer free, fun programming to children who have been impacted by parental incarceration. The program is open to Minnesota children ages 8-14.

Throughout the year, children will be invited to participate in entertaining and educational activities. The goal is to create opportunities that encourage them to engage in new activities, develop life skills, and increase their self-worth. Children will earn points for each programming event they participate in with the goal of earning enough points to attend YMCA summer camp for a week in 2021 at the magical Camp Icaghowan for FREE! Also, parents and other caregivers will have the opportunity to connect with each other and receive information about resources and activities for their families.

Our opportunities will focus on the following areas:

• Nutrition Education
• STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
• Financial Literacy
• Mentorship
• Special Family Events
• Sports & Swimming Lessons
• Caregivers’ Support System

Space in this program is limited, so sign up through this form:  You may also contact us for more information at


Nutrition/Health & Wellness Corner
Thursday 09/17 – UMN Extension: What’s for Dinner (FREE)
Tuesday, 09/22 – UMN Extension: Mental well-being and self-care: Caring for ourselves during challenging times (FREE)
Thursday 09/24 – UMN Extension: Feeding your school-aged child (FREE)
Cooks for Crocus Hill – Variety of virtual cooking classes for kids, teens, and families throughout September and beyond. If you are interested and need financial assistance with the registration fee and ingredients please contact Community Outreach Coordinator Tricia Alexander (

Financial Literacy Corner
Wednesday 09/23 – UMN Extension: Building credit history 11AM and Building credit history 7PM (FREE)

Hands on Banking – “All the tools you need to biome financially savvy!” Individual, family, and youth FREE online resources.

  • Youth Course Activities by Grade Level – “Money is great to save and spend. Learning about money can also be fun. Explore the Hands on Banking® program to build a strong financial future.”

STEM Corner
Minnesota STEM Partnership – “Dr. Michael G. Wulf founded the Minnesota STEM (STEAM) Partnership back in the spring of 2018 and is committed to providing equitable access to advancing and emerging technologies for students of color in and around the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota!”

International Research

CIC looks to international initiatives for best practices, impactful laws, and successful programming. We recognize that foreign governments and organizations are conducting extensive research and creating cutting-edge programs with the goal of promoting the best interests of children whose parents are incarcerated. Such programs inform and inspire CIC’s advocacy efforts.