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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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My Introduction to Free Minds

By JoAnne Allen

A book is a small thing to share with somebody. Yet a book can lead to big changes in the life of someone who receives it. I’ve always known that. But on a recent Saturday I was reminded of the power of books to transform and connect us to the world beyond our homes and neighborhoods. Seeing that concept played out in real lives at a VFW Hall in Takoma Park was awe-inspiring.Read More

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Poet Ambassadors Bringing Confidence, Inspiration

By Free Minds Intern Maddie Mitchell

As an intern who has heard extensive positive feedback about Free Minds’ various initiatives but has never actually seen any of them in action, I was very excited to attend an On the Same Page session this summer, along with a group of about 25 high school students from North Carolina. Read More

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“I loved going to the book club, I didn’t have to be tough and aggressive, I could just be me…that helped me to embrace who I am and accept it.”

– Jonas, Age 23