WeGotUsNow: Our Voices Series “Bittersweet”

Anye Young’s story is featured alongside other personal accounts from daughters, sons and families who discuss their truth about experiencing a parent incarcerated during the Holiday Season. The following is an excerpt from her open letter:

“My name is Anyé Young.. I’m 16 years old, a senior in high school, and an honors student. My father has been in prison serving a 12-year sentence since I was 9 years old. This is my truth.

I’ve had to spend numerous Thanksgivings, Christmases, and Father’s Days without him. He is serving his time in North Carolina — a 6 to 7 hour drive away. Most people could only imagine how it feels to only be able to see their parent for 2 hours at a time; two to three times a year. Or, not being able to have a conversation with their parent for longer than a 15-minute phone call every week. Yet, this is my truth.”


OUR VOICES is an editorial series curated by WeGotUsNow.org featuring guest contributors who share their personal reflections of being impacted by parental incarceration.

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