Olivia Joy Stinson, Founder of Pen Pals Book Club For Children of Incarcerated Parents, talks about her incredible single mom, her love of books, and how she came up with the idea for Pen Pals Book Club.
HOMETOWN: Charlotte, North Carolina
WHAT SHE WANTED TO BE WHEN SHE GREW UP: Pediatrician, then fashion designer
THE FIRST BOOK READ IN PEN PALS: “Forged by Fire” by Sharon Draper
FUTURE GOAL FOR PEN PALS: To expand all across the nation
Olivia Joy Stinson is the Founder and President of PEN Pals Book Club & Support Group For Children of Incarcerated Parents, an organization she started at the age of 14 to provide support and motivation for children of incarcerated parents in her home state of North Carolina. Five years later, the Charlotte-based organization has grown to include 25 volunteers and serves 3,500-4,000 children and 700-900 adults in the southeast region of the US.