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Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

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 450 youths each year. Free Minds offers a month-long paid Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship for young men returning from jail or prison. The Apprenticeship is a literacy, life skills, and work readiness program, including workshops on topics such as resume writing, job interviews, continuing your education, workplace etiquette, decision making, health and fitness, entrepreneurship, budgeting and financial literacy, and interactive workplace problem solving. Apprentices also work shifts, paid for by Free Minds, at local contracting companies run by returning citizens (formerly incarcerated). In 2015, we provided 34 Apprenticeships, exceeding our goal of 30; our goal for 2016 is to provide 40 Apprenticeships.

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 Apprenticeship.
$124 provides an 8-hour on-the-job training shift at a local contracting company for a young man in the Apprenticeship.
$240 provides one educational field trip for the Apprenticeship cohort.
$480 provides one month-long Apprenticeship for a young man.
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