Her own mother being incarcerated when she was young, our founder Tiffany Brown has always had a heart for the children of incarcerated parents and understands the unique issues that they deal with.


In 2016, President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative partnered with the Skillman Foundation to host the MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge. Tiffany jumped on this opportunity, crafting a mentoring and letter writing program to provide social support and to help boys in Detroit stay in touch with their incarcerated parents. Ultimately, this idea became one of six finalists in the MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge. Tiffany was awarded $55,000 to implement her idea and Developing despite Distance (3D) was born.


To date, over 40 youth have participated in our program and 90% have graduated from high school. 



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