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6.19.13 …. Alex is blue-haired and green-nosed and he wears a hoodie …

Sesame Street, Muppets, Alex, children of incarcerated parents,  jail, hoodie,  “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” initiative, kudos:  Kudos to Sesame Street for dealing with another sensitive issue.  Given that  one in 28 children in the United States now has a parent behind bars, this is a significant problem.  I also take note of the symbolism of the hoodie.  Are they making a statement in light of Trayvon Martin?  I might not have noticed this, but one of the conservative news consolidators, Drudge, spotlighted it. Every kid wears hoodies, but because of the Trayvon Martin killing, the hoodie is now a stereotype for youth on the edge.

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Those friendly, fuzzy Muppets from “Sesame Street” have helped kids open up about all sorts of serious subjects, from hunger and divorce to military deployment.

But they’re now tackling a much more unexpected issue: incarceration.

Meet Alex, the first Muppet to have a dad in jail. According to a Pew Charitable Trusts report, one in 28 children in the United States now has a parent behind bars — more than the number of kids with a parent who is deployed — so it’s a real issue, but it’s talked about far less because of the stigma.

That’s why the Sesame Workshop says it created the “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” initiative, an online tool kit intended to help kids with a parent in prison find support and comfort, and provide families with strategies and tips to talk to their children about incarceration.

Alex is blue-haired and green-nosed and he wears a hoodie – you might think he’s just another carefree inhabitant of Sesame Street. But there’s sorrow in Alex’s voice when he talks about his father.

“I just miss him so much,” he tells a friend. “I usually don’t want people to know about my Dad.”

It’s easier for kids to hear such things from a Muppet than an adult, creators of the initiative noted.

via ‘Sesame Street’ creates first Muppet to have a parent in jail – NBC News.com.


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