“My Story” by Sergio

“From then on, whenever the cell doors closed for the night, I’d start writing. And the crazy thing was, I was in jail, but when I was writing, I felt safer than I ever felt at home.”

Find out how you can help here. Read More

Charlie’s Story

“All that playin’ tag and swingin’ on the swing set? All that just faded away. They call it ‘jumping off the porch.’ In the streets, they didn’t care about my clothes. They was more into me. That’s where I got my love from—the streets.”

Find out how you can help here.
Read More

Gary’s Story

“After I learned to read and write poetry with Free Minds, I started to feel confident and I wrote my first poem titled ‘Mommy.’ Writing that poem was very therapeutic because I felt like I was actually talking directly to my mom.”

Find out how you can help here.

Read More

Phil’s Story

“I remembered I did want to change. I wanted to give back after taking so much from so many.”

Read More

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.

Read More