Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.  Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.

Our vision is that every young inmate receives the necessary tools, inspiration and community support to pursue education and follow a positive new path in life.

Free Minds serves 16 and 17 year old youths who have been charged and incarcerated as adults at the DC Jail. Free Minds serves more than 350 youths each year across three successive phases: Book Club, Continuing Support, and Reentry Support.
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