Incarcerated youths writing new chapters in their lives.

Empowering incarcerated youths to write new chapters in their lives.

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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Position: Prison Book Club Coordinator Application deadline: March 30, 2022 Experience inspiration every day as full-time coordinator of the growing signature program at Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, Washington, DC. Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop builds community to foster personal development and systems change for justice-involved youth and adults. We use…

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Featured Poem

Free Mind

I got a Free Mind, full of lots of thoughts and ideas
My body locked up in the pen, but my mind is not here
I know I’m finally coming home at the end of the year
Every time I think about it, my eyes almost shed a tear

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Free Minds Book Club Students

Our Impact in 2020

924

MEMBERS SERVED

87%

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PLACEMENT RATE

1021

POEMS WRITTEN

11%

Recidivism rate