Decario’s Story: A Success in the Making!

“Because of books, I have a totally different understanding of my life and the world around me.”

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Free Minds Branches Out!

In April, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop assumed programming duties for The Beat Within writing workshop at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, DC’s Juvenile Detention Facility. The Beat Within also publishes a weekly magazine of youth writing; Free Minds members have been regular contributors for years. Now, Free Minds is building on this longstanding partnership by co-facilitating weekly writing workshops with The Beat Within and DC Youth Slam Team.

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Guest Authors Visit the Book Club

In 2012, Free Minds was honored to host several guest authors at the DC Jail! Many of the 16- and 17-year-old members of the Book Club have never read a book before coming to the jail. It is incredibly powerful not only to be able to connect with a book for the first time, but to meet the author as well! We are grateful to the authors who demonstrate their dedication and generosity of spirit by joining us for one of our weekly Book Club meetings.

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Volunteer Write Night Continues to Thrive

In 2011, Free Minds began a series of Volunteer Write Nights in which members of the Washington community come together for an evening of poetry, food, and friends. In the months since the first Write Night, the event has grown exponentially, reaching new people across the metro area.

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Antwan

Antwan’s love of books didn’t stop once he left the juvenile block. He remembers how, in lockdown for 11 months in federal prison, books helped him stay calm and focused.

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