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Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.

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Lines: Animated Short Film of Free Minds Poetry

“Lines,” an animated short film featuring poetry by six Free Minds members, is playing at three film festivals in July and August. “Lines” includes poems by Free Minds members Alfredo, Aundrey, DC, Myron, Tavon, and Terrell. The film is by Claire Fleming and produced by Letitia Wright (starring Letitia Wright, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jodie Turner-Smith,…

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Featured Poem

Feeling Afraid

I can do no wrong
In the eyes of a guy that takes lives
But live his life as a lie
And they wonder why
After all I have done
I wait at the end of it all to cry

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Our Impact in 2020

924

MEMBERS SERVED

87%

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PLACEMENT RATE

1021

POEMS WRITTEN

11%

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