Incarcerated youths writing new chapters in their lives.

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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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The Arts and Emotional Well-Being: Dialogue with Sitar Arts Center

Free Minds Poet Ambassador Gordon will take the virtual stage at 5:00 PM EST on April 8th for the Sitar Arts Center Salon Dialogue on The Arts and Emotional Well-Being. The free event will feature conversations with artists, therapists, and advocates for improved mental health through arts practice and experiences. In addition to Gordon, speakers…

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Featured Poem

Life of Numbers

I sit in a six-sided box, 259 cinder blocks encased to hold me physically captured.
In my isolation, my 2 windows offer 2 different views.
1 for the inside and the cells don’t change, only the occupants face.
And 1 for the outside where the scene doesn’t change, only seasons, night and day.

Free Minds Book Club Students

Our Impact in 2020

924

MEMBERS SERVED

87%

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PLACEMENT RATE

1021

POEMS WRITTEN

11%

Recidivism rate

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14 Online Book Clubs You Can Join Right This Moment

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Pardoning Martinsville 7 Would Be a Start to Acknowledging Virginia’s History

(Op-Ed by Free Minds member Alfred in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)
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‘Without Your Prison Number, You Don’t Exist’

(Op-Ed by Free Minds member Kevin in the Crime Report)
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