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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

When I Fall

There are so many levels to the word fall
I’ve tried to find ways to explain them all

Autumn is my favorite season
Using the word fall seems like treason

It’s such an easy way to say something that feels so beautiful
Cool, crisp wind & fresh air that’s so plentiful

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Our Impact in 2021

1113

MEMBERS SERVED

89%

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PLACEMENT RATE

1309

POEMS WRITTEN

14%

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