22 16- and 17-year-old boys sat transfixed as author, advocate, and community activist Tony Lewis, Jr., told them the story of his journey that could have easily landed him in the same situation they were in, charged as adults at the DC Jail. Tony visited the DC Jail Book Club to discuss his memoir, Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration.Read More
Free Minds offers a month-long paid Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship for young men returning from jail or prison. The Apprenticeship is a literacy, life skills, and work readiness program, including workshops on topics such as resume writing, job interviews, continuing your education, workplace etiquette, decision making, health and fitness, entrepreneurship, budgeting and financial literacy, and interactive workplace problem solving. Apprentices also work shifts, paid for by Free Minds, at local contracting companies run by returning citizens (formerly incarcerated). In 2015, we provided 34 Apprenticeships, exceeding our goal of 30; our goal for 2016 is to provide 40 Apprenticeships.
Free Minds, PEN/Faulkner, and Shout Mouse Press presented a poetry reading and discussion on an innovative tool to end violence. Read More
Congressman John Lewis and his Policy Advisor and co-author Andrew Aydin visited the juvenile unit at the DC Jail to discuss their graphic novel March: Book One, and speak about non-violence, grief, struggle, and hope.Read More