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Free Minds uses the transformative tools of books, writing, and peacebuilding to create a community of support, assisting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to achieve their education, career, and life goals, write new chapters in their lives, and become powerful voices for change.

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Award-Winning Short Film Based on Free Minds Poetry

“Lines,” an animated short film featuring poetry by six Free Minds members, won both the Audience Award and Jury Award for Best Animated Short at the Woodshole Film Festival.

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Featured Poem

Suburbia

We drove to your parents’ home, out in suburbia talking about all the things you wish you could change.
Like that man you see for help with your head and the way you see yourself, or the way your parents run their house.
But that’s life in suburbia; where house wives drink all day, as the husbands work for the man for just enough pay.

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Our Impact in 2021

1113

MEMBERS SERVED

89%

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PLACEMENT RATE

1309

POEMS WRITTEN

14%

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