Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
- District of Columbia
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop works with youth who have been charged and incarcerated as adults at DC Jail. Our mission is to introduce young inmates to the transformative power of books and creative writing. By mentoring them and connecting them to supportive services throughout their incarceration into reentry, Free Minds inspires these youths to see their potential and achieve new educational and career goals.
Free Minds began as a bi-weekly book club program for the 16- and 17-year-old boys charged as adults in the DC Jail. As members were released or transferred to federal prison after turning 18,we recognized that maintaining contact throughout incarceration and beyond was vital to helping these youths positively redirect their lives. Free Minds has expanded its services to include a weekly Jail Book Club; a correspondence-based Prison Book Club, which provides new books and written materials to members after transfer to federal prison; and a Reentry Book Club, which connects released members to the people, programs and services in the community that will help them to achieve their new goals.