A Teen’s Guide to Healing From Parental Incarceration

Anyé Young holding her new book “The Teen Guide to Living with Incarcerated Parents” alongside her mother. Photo courtesy LaDàna Drigo

Anyé Young remembers the first time she went to Dave and Buster’s without her dad. The arcade was where Young and her father forged many happy memories together, a special place that Young considered “our thing.”

After her father was incarcerated when Young was 9, there were no more trips to Dave and Buster’s. Going there with her mother, after her father was sent away, drove home the absence of her father from her life.

“I was cranky, I was kind of upset because it was a reminder of all I didn’t have, which was my dad there,” Young said. “Going there was a sacred thing and it was a reminder of the bond I lost with my dad.”

Sent to prison on a theft charge, her father isn’t scheduled to be released for maybe another six years, until a time when Young may be graduating college.

Now 16, Young is a high school senior in Maryland who dealt with the experience of growing into adulthood without her father by writing about it. Her book — “The Teen Guide to Living with Incarcerated Parents: A Self-Help Book for Coping During an Age of Mass Incarceration” — offers advice about how to deal with an incarcerated parent and how to thrive during those tough circumstances.

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