Author Kenji Jasper with a young Free Minds member.

"[Free Minds] taught me a lot about concentration, staying focused, and thinking positive. Before I joined Free Minds my mind wasn't free, I always thought I was made for the streets and nothing else, until they got me to write my first poems, read books, and things of that nature. They helped me open my eyes to bigger dreams and long term goals, they also helped me get into programs that prepare me for the working world and the future. Thank you Free Minds for everything."

— DeAnte, Age 21

Newsroom

In D.C., life after prison poses extra challenges for youths convicted as adults
September 2013, Washington Post article about Free Minds member Gary

The lifers book club: Of mice and men, hopes and regrets at the Limon prison
January 2013, Westword News article about Colorado Book Club inspired by Free Minds

Tara Libert: Motivating Youth to Pursue Positive Life Paths
December 2012, Linowes Award, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Catalogue for Philanthropy Blog on Write Night
November 2012

In Your Hands: A Documentary on Re-entry
Featuring Co-founder and Executive Director Tara Libert

ABC Channel 7 Feature on Seaport Foundation
Free Minds member Bobby, seen in this video, graduated from the Alexandria Seaport Foundation in August 2012
July 2012

Free Minds in Prison Education News
July 2012

Documentary about Free Minds member Michael Kemp by American University student Kaneia Mayo
May 2012

Shining a Light in the Darkness of Prison
Article about the power of reading in prison by formerly-incarcerated writer John Lash, April 2012

U.S. Department of Justice Issues New Regulations Protecting Children in Adult Jails and Prisons from Sexual Abuse
Press Release from Campaign for Youth Justice, May 2012

Campaign for Youth Justice Holiday Book Drive

Michael Kemp, Free Minds Reentry Coach and Member featured in an article in Deseret News. Scroll down to bottom to read about Michael!

Michael Kemp, Free Minds Reentry Coach and Member guest blogging for the Washington Post's The Root.

Catalogue for Philanthropy Giving Guide 2011

The 3-Minute Interview: Tara Libert
The Washington Examiner, July 31, 2011

Interview with Unlikely Brothers Author Michael Mattocks

Catalogue for Philanthropy's Blog "Good Works" Profiles Program Director Juliana Ratner

Free Minds featured grantee in DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Video

Catalogue for Philanthropy’s blog “Good Works” Profiles Program Director Juliana Ratner
Good Works, June 30, 2011

Free Minds Founders Tara Libert and Kelli Taylor Interviewed Woolly Radio, February 11, 2011

Reaching Out To Families Behind Bars
WAMU Metro Connection! December 12, 2010

Book Drive Benefits Youth Held in City Jail
Afro, December 8, 2010

For one of Sudan's 'lost boys' and teens in D.C. jail, a shared struggle
Washington Post, October 8, 2010

Hear Us Out: Read local press coverage of the event from the Informer

Hear Us Out: Watch a feature on the poetry reading and see Free Minds members perform their poetry from Coffeehouse TV

Reader Spotlight: Ted and Gerald 'J-Man' Best, of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Washington Post Book World, May 5, 2009

Free Minds Uses Books and Writing to Show Incarcerated Youth A Better Way
Examiner.com, Mar 25, 2009

In Prison at the 'End of the Earth' - D.C. Youths are Jailed Across the U.S., Making Family Connections Difficult
The Washington Post, December 27, 2008

Reading Gives Inmates Hope for the Future
ABC 7 News, Friday Jan 25, 2008

There are about 26 teenagers being held in the D.C. Jail Friday night, charged with adult crimes. Most of society might have given up on their chances of finishing school or getting a good job, but one organization, the Free Minds Book Club, is helping those juvenile inmates turn the page on their lives.


Words of Hope: Book Club Offers Jailed Youth a Second Chance
Street Sense, July 1, 2007 - July 15, 2007

His Body Imprisoned, His Mind Set Free
The Washington Post, Sunday Jun 10, 2007

Prisoners Find Release through Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
East of the River, Dec 2007

An Outlet for Anger, and Fear
The Washington Post, Aug 7, 2004

Free Minds held its first annual poetry reading back in July 2004 at Washington, DC’s Love Café, where a standing-room only crowd applauded the work of Free Minds’ young poets, performed by youth volunteers from City at Peace. Read and hear more about the event in the Washington Post article, August 7, 2004.

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