Today we are going to spotlight an inspiring young woman named Yasmine Arrington who knows firsthand the challenges of growing up while having a parent who's incarcerated.
Gaining strength through her struggles, Yasmine started a noNPRofit group called ScholarCHIPS.
CHIPS is an acronym standing for Children of Incarcerated Parents.
CHIPS是Children of Incarcerated Parents（服刑人员子女）的首字母缩写。
The organization provides scholarships, mentoring, and a network of support. Meet our cnn hero, Yasmine Arrington.
My father has been in and out of jail. In prison. My personal level, emotionally, mentally.
Many young people who have incarcerated parents definitely feel stigmatized and marginalized.
Are you looking at me? What are you looking at? Probably or some cookies.
你在看我吗? 你在看什么? 可能是，也可能是一些饼干。
I was 13 years old when my mother passed away. I was raised by my maternal grandmother.
And my grandmother is a big advocate of education. She knew that college was coming down the pike for me, but, you know, there was no college fund.
My grandmother began researching various scholarships online that I would be eligible for.
She said, I don't see any for young people like yourself who have incarcerated parents. And I kept that in my mind.
When I was a junior, I went through a social entrepreneurship program for teenagers, and we had to come up with a social venture. So I pitched ScholarCHIPS.
And the CHIPS, of course, is an imperfect acronym for Children of Incarcerated Parents.
当然，CHIPS是Children of Incarcerated Parents（服刑人员子女）的首字母缩写，并不完美。
And the judges, they love the idea. And so here I was, 16 years old, with $1,000 seed grant. I wasn't even old enough to have a bank account.
ScholarCHIPS is a noNPRofit organization that provides college scholarships, mentoring, mental health supports, and a robust support network to college bound young adults who have incarcerated parents.
The main objective is to help directly address the financial gap and challenges that many of our scholars face.
Our scholars are provided with brand new laptops. We also have an emergency fund.
And so when scholars have unexpected challenges that come up, we definitely step in to help.