About The Issue

Who We Help

The Be a Coffee Bean Foundation aims to help individuals who may have been negatively impacted by the current criminal justice system through disadvantages within their community. We address criminal justice reform by targeting generational incarceration through the children of incarcerated parents because kids do not get to pick their parents.

This is a critical intervention in the lives of those who are the most at-risk populations to have future negative interactions with the criminal justice system. We view it as both humanitarian and a public safety issue.

Our current criminal justice system can be very unforgiving, especially to disadvantaged communities. The effects of the criminal justice system can be traumatizing to not only the currently or previously incarcerated persons, but to entire generations and communities. Research has shown that children of incarcerated parents are more likely to also become incarcerated.

Children with
Currently Incarcerated Parents

The Coffee Bean CARES program provides opportunities to children who are negatively impacted by their parents’ choices while focusing on strengthening the parent/child relationship.


Currently Incarcerated Black Men and At-Risk Youth

The initiative behind Mister Coffee Bean is to help currently incarcerated black men earn their degrees in elementary education, and to become positive male role models for at-risk youth. This program is committed to reversing the school-to-prison pipeline.


Trauma Healing is addressed by providing positive experiences for justice impacted families to share through letters, visitation and phone calls from prison.

Criminal Justice Reform is addressed with pre-interventions for at-risk youth.

Providing Opportunities by providing extracurricular scholarships to children with a currently incarcerated parent.

Eliminating Generational Incarceration by strengthening the relationships between currently incarcerated parents and their children.

What We Do

The Be a Coffee Bean Foundation is committed to positive criminal justice reform; we want to leave our mark as being for something, not against something. Through partnerships, funding, resources, advocacy, and public support, we feel we can change family trees by becoming the Face of Hope for families who are justice impacted.


Accountability For Action

We pride ourselves in maintaining a low overhead cost foundation. Our co-founder, co-founder/executive director, and board members all serve on a voluntary basis and derive no financial gain from our foundation. 


All online donations are overhead free donations, meaning every dollar donated online goes directly to the populations we serve.


The foundation’s administrative costs are provided, in part, by in-person individual and corporate donations.


We are an IRS designated nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) ID #85-1345888