Maurice’s Story

“Free Minds keeps me focused on doing better and giving back to the young people who are now where I once was.”—Maurice, age 23

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Terrell

Terrell was arrested and charged as an adult with armed robbery at the age of 16. He joined Free Minds just prior to his transfer to federal prison. He quickly became a loyal and enthusiastic member, writing us stacks of letters, as well as requesting, reading and reviewing more than 25 books during his incarceration.

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“On the Same Page Reaches Many Audiences”

Free Minds’ “On the Same Page” outreach program visited both Cesar Chavez Public Policy High School and Center City Public Charter School in Spring 2013. At Cesar Chavez, Poet Ambassadors Gary, Andre, Latrae and Michael came to speak individually about their experiences during incarceration, the stigma a formerly incarcerated person might feel, and the harsh nature of reentry. Joining the Free Minds team at Cesar Chavez were two women from the Ronald McDonald House Charities, important and long lasting supporters of Free Minds.

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Decario’s Story: A Success in the Making!

“Because of books, I have a totally different understanding of my life and the world around me.”

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Free Minds Branches Out!

In April, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop assumed programming duties for The Beat Within writing workshop at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, DC’s Juvenile Detention Facility. The Beat Within also publishes a weekly magazine of youth writing; Free Minds members have been regular contributors for years. Now, Free Minds is building on this longstanding partnership by co-facilitating weekly writing workshops with The Beat Within and DC Youth Slam Team.

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