As the holiday season approaches, it is important to look for extra opportunities to give to those in need, and The Justice Project’s “A Book of my Own” program sets out to do just that. This campaign aims to supply more than 300 books to underprivileged elementary school children in Kern County, California, an area not too far away from SAGE’s home base. The premise of this campaign is to give each these children a book with a personalized name tag to help remind them that they matter.
This year, The Justice Project is working with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Kern County to help distribute these books. CASA consists of a network of 946 programs that trains volunteers to help abused and neglected children in juvenile dependency court process. Through their volunteers, CASA provides every child with an advocate to help them through the hearings. As Thanksgiving draws near, The Justice Project expedited their program to distribute the books to these children just in time for the holidays.
This is the second time that The Justice Project has run this campaign this year (the first was in June), and they have provided more than 600 books to kids both in the CASA Santa Barbara County and CASA Kern Country. The books were purchased by The Justice Project and chosen by Kiona Gross, owner of Curious Cup Bookstore in Carpinteria.
The Justice Project is involved in several humanitarian efforts that focus in four major areas: educational, environmental, economic, and social justice. SAGE is a proud funder of The Justice Project and is thrilled to support their initiatives to spread opportunities for knowledge and education to underprivileged children. We hope that this program serves as an opportunity for children to develop self-value and that it encourages them to invest in developing themselves and their educational futures.