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

New

I’m tired of the old where is the new
New year, New month, Same ol you
Nothing feels like new shoes
New love or a new car
Except new blues or a release date not too far

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Our Impact in 2021

1113

MEMBERS SERVED

89%

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PLACEMENT RATE

1309

POEMS WRITTEN

14%

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