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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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Writing with At-Risk Youth

Teaching Others to Tell Their Own Stories

You’re Invited! Join us on Monday, March 30, for a workshop on teaching therapeutic writing for youth, led by Richard Gold of the award-winning Pongo Teen Writing Project!

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The Washington Post

Free Minds on the Front Page!

Check out the article from the front page of The Washington Post “How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders from going back to jail” by Robert Samuels, featuring Free Minds Poet Ambassadors Calvin, Eddie, Juan, Phil, and Robert.

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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