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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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

77 Minutes

For 77 min they waited to go inside
For 77 mins they waited to save their lives
Why?
Were their lives not that important?

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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