Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
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Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and a peer support system 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. Free Minds serves 16- and 17-year-old youths who have been charged and incarcerated as adults at the DC Jail, and continues to work with them throughout their incarceration and reentry. Free Minds serves more than 500 youths each year. Free Minds now offers a Reentry Book Club as well as job readiness and life skills workshops, paid work shifts at local businesses run by returning citizens, and personalized connections to job opportunities, vocational programs, and other services.
2201 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
$24 provides Metro/bus fare for a young man to attend four job interviews.
$48 provides educational materials including books and writing supplies for a young man in the Reentry Book Club.
$124 provides an 8-hour on-the-job training shift at a local contracting company for a young man home from prison.
$240 provides one educational field trip for the Reentry Book Club members.
$480 provides a 12-week series of job readiness and life skills workshops for one young man.
District of Columbia