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.
2201 P St NW c/o Free Minds
Washington, DC 20037
"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