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Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and community 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 young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.

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Address: 2201 P St NW c/o Free Minds
Washington, DC 20037
Email: mail@freemindsbookclub.org
Phone Number: 202-758-0829
Fax: 202-795-9658
Free Minds serves youths who have been charged and incarcerated as adults at the DC Jail, as well as adults, and continues to work with them throughout their incarceration and reentry. Free Minds serves more than 700 youths and adults each year. Free Minds now offers a Reentry Book Club and Job Readiness Apprenticeship, as well as paid work shifts at local businesses run by returning citizens, and personalized connections to job opportunities, vocational programs, and other services.
"I go to the Reentry Book Club because I need support from guys who have been through what I've been through. The topics we discuss and write about help me cope with everyday life and problems. We can all relate to the stories we read because we have those same stories. I get different perspectives and solutions through writing." - Juan

"Free Minds put me in a whole other mindset. Without them opening my mind to different ideas about what I could do, I'd still be stuck. Now I'm thinking about starting a catering business and taking care of my son. If I hadn't met Free Minds, I'd be thinking about how long I had left to live, which wouldn't be long." - Nick

"The Apprenticeship gave me courage and made me believe in myself. Before, in prison, I didn't know where I was going or what I was going to do when I came home. I had no direction, no goals for my life. I thought I wasn't going to be anything. But I came home and joined Free Minds; they showed me that there was more to life than what I was doing before. I can better myself, and I've got goals and things that I want to accomplish." - Charles