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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Free Minds Honored with Juliette Gimon Courage Award

Free Minds is honored to receive the Juliette Gimon Courage Award from Global Fund for Children, recognizing the perseverance of three organizations working to advance the rights of children and young people living in difficult circumstances. In addition to Free Minds, this year’s winners include Youth Safety Awareness Initiative in Nairobi and a third winner that cannot…

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Featured Poem

A Happier Note

Lately, I have been feeling trapped,
Trapped in a nightmare from which I can’t wake,
As if I were inside of a coffin
From which I’m not able to escape

Free Minds Book Club Students

Our Impact in 2020

924

MEMBERS SERVED

87%

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PLACEMENT RATE

1021

POEMS WRITTEN

11%

Recidivism rate