Children Of Parent With AIDS/Guiding Light is a 501(c) 3 transitional services and permanency-planning organization founded in 1995 by a diverse group of concerned community activists throughout New York's Harlem community. These individuals were increasingly dismayed by the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, especially its disproportionate effect on African-American women and children.
The mission of CHILDREN of PARENTS with AIDS (COPWA) is to promote preventive services for "at-risk" youth & families and assure the transitional services and permanency planning necessary to helping parents and prospective parents living with HIV/AIDS gain emotional and spiritual comfort in the knowledge that their children will be provided for in a safe, loving and nurturing family environment.
In 2002, COPWA assumed the d/b/a GUIDING LIGHT enabling the organization to expand its mission. GUIDING LIGHT'S mission is to provide empowerment for young men and women, ages 17-24 at-risk of poverty and incarceration by providing life skills training created specifically to address the social and economic barriers to self-sufficiency for New York City's at-risk young adults.