Tacenda Literary Magazine Publishes Free Minds Poets

Now my hours feel longer, I’m just trying 2 make it 2 another spring
That means goodbye winter, my days are getting warmer
I’m getting older, my physical telling signs of aging
It’s the small things I pay attention 2 lying dormant
Like which way the wind blows, or how far up the sky goes

– My Window by Alfred “Spoken Truth”

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First Free Minds College-Level Course Behind Bars

In 2015, Free Minds launched a pilot course in African American Literature for a new project called Free Minds University, a non-accredited correspondence course for Free Minds members in federal prison. Two Free Minds members, HF and CW, have successfully completed the class. Read More

Free Minds visits Reach Incorporated and Encounter the Gospel of Life

On two separate days in July, Free Minds shared its message of hope with groups of eager young students from Reach Incorporated and Encounter the Gospel of Life. Read More

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.