Author and Activist Tony Lewis Inspires and Empowers at the DC Jail

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

DoMore24: Support the Free Minds Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship

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.

We Can Be the Change: Writing Solutions to Violence

Free Minds, PEN/Faulkner, and Shout Mouse Press presented a poetry reading and discussion on an innovative tool to end violence. Read More

Historic Visit: Congressman, Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Speaks to Book Club at DC Jail

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

“We Can Be the Change” Featured on Harris’s Heroes!

The Free Minds “We Can Be the Change: Working to End Violence in Our City” event was a tremendous success, and was featured on ABC7/WJLA-TV’s “Harris’s Heroes” segment!

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