"Self-esteem nurtures just as the absence depletes the soul. Every child needs to know that they matter. It’s that simple, and it’s not simple." - Noah benShea, Executive Director, The Justice Project
Santa Barbara, California (PRWEB) June 24, 2013
The Justice Project is thrilled and honored to announce a new program called A Book of My Own©, providing books to underprivileged kids in the Santa Barbara region. A Book of My Own© operates on the simple concept that by giving elementary age children a book of their own, each child will be reminded that they matter.
The Justice Project has launched A Book of My Own© by providing over 300 elementary children with books that are personalized on the inside cover with a book plate where each child’s name is written. The book titles have been chosen by Kiona Gross, the owner of the Curious Cup in Carpinteria, CA, an independent bookstore offering local children a wonderful and caring introduction to the pleasures of reading. The Justice Project turned to the Santa Barbara chapter of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for help in distributing the books to children whom they know it will make a difference. CASA is a national network of 946 programs that trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. In addition, The Justice Project also worked with a select number of teachers in the Hope School District of Santa Barbara, CA to offer students from lower income homes the experience of receiving a new personalized book of their own.
These books were handed out as summer vacation began with the intention that this gift will serve as a launching pad for further learning and a reminder that someone was thinking of “me.” The goal with this program is to encourage each child to know they matter, while acknowledging the investment in their intellectual development, and will therefore invest in developing themselves. The Justice Project believes that a just world turns on such things, and that both educational justice and social justice will be served in this effort.
“Self-esteem nurtures just as the absence depletes the soul. Every child needs to know that they matter. It’s that simple, and it’s not simple. We are profoundly moved by the touching feedback we are hearing from the impact of the A Book of My Own© program and are honored to play this role in cherishing children to cherish themselves and encouraging them to open a view of the world in the rare way that books provide,” stated Noah benShea, Executive Director of The Justice Project.
About THE JUSTICE PROJECT
THE JUSTICE PROJECT is an interactive platform that initiates dialogue and broadcasts calls to action by lending an ear to, and giving a voice for, just causes. To learn more, or to schedule an interview with Executive Director Noah benShea visit The Justice Project website http://ajustdifference.org, or engage socially on Facebook.