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.”

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Phil’s Story

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

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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.

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Juan’s Story

I believe the only way the crime will go down is if we have quality programming on the inside and the outside.  We need training to see that ultimately the outcome of good behaviors will be much better than those of criminal behaviors. Everyone benefits from programs like Free Minds.

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Anthony’s Story

“The journals you all gave us changed everything for me.  There was just so much that I needed to get off of my chest.  Things I wanted to say, but didn’t know how before I joined Free Minds.”

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