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Robert’s Story

“To tell you the truth, I expected to get locked up.  My friends and I knew that one of two things was going to happen to us.  We were going to prison or we were going to be killed.  We accepted that.  It was part of the life we were living and it’s all we saw in our community.  And here’s what’s crazy: we were content with it.  Well, I’m not content with it now!” says Robert, 24.

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Our City, Our Voices

By Jess Lawson, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

This June, Free Minds had the great pleasure of participating in a collaborative music and poetry event as part of the Our City Festival, celebrating DC through the arts.Read More

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Free Minds Wins Aspen Ideas Award to Take Write Night National

The Aspen Institute honored Free Minds with the $25,000 Aspen Ideas Award to replicate our poetry program connecting individuals with outside community members nation-wide.

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“The books you send show me another world and make me look forward to living a good life when I come home. You changed my way of thinking.”

– DeAngelo, Age 23