Join the Free Minds Team
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
3w ago
Jail Book Club Coordinator & Co-facilitator We are seeking an avid reader and writer with excellent facilitation skills to provide essential support for our Jail Book Club program. This includes multiple book club/writing workshop programs at the DC Jail complex (including the Correctional Treatment Facility and Central Detention Facility) and DC’s juvenile detention facilities. The Jail Book Club Coordinator will assist with curriculum development, co-facilitation, and evaluation/tracking of book club members for three bi-weekly book clubs: Lead Up (adult men); Women’s Book Club (adult wo ..read more
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Prison Book Club: End of Year Reflections and Inspiring Resilience
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
1M ago
As we look forward to the start of 2024 here at Free Minds and in the Prison Book Club, we reflect on a past year of connections strengthened and forged, growth as an organization and individually amongst our members, and resilience in the face of adversity. The end of the year and the holiday season can be particularly challenging for our members who are incarcerated all across the country and physically separated from their support systems that are largely in D.C. However, thanks to your generous support, our members were able to stay connected to the world beyond the prison walls and share ..read more
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Reentry Book Club: Free Minds Members Continue to Excel!
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
1M ago
Greetings from the Free Minds Community! Since our last report, we have some exciting news here at Free Minds headquarters, including lots of graduations! Members graduated from our Peer Support Program and Job Readiness and Life Skills Apprenticeship, our Changemakers traveled to Houston to join in conversation with criminal legal reform advocates from across the nation, and we hosted a restorative justice healing event with the community. Members have also achieved success in various career fields. Here are just a few recent highlights: Andre is mentoring youth at a local high school, Mauric ..read more
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Community Ties Far and Wide
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
5M ago
This past summer at Free Minds has been all about connecting with our members and all of the Free Minds community near and far. Despite the many miles that separate our members who are incarcerated across the country, we still found ways to forge community through reading and writing. Our incarcerated members have been able to build a community beyond the prison walls and across the world despite the prison lockdowns they endure, isolation from their friends and loved ones, and distance from their hometowns. Making and sustaining community ties at Free Minds would not be possible without the e ..read more
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Building Wealth with Author Cedric Nash
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
6M ago
In June 2023, author Cedric Nash joined our Men and Women’s Book Clubs at the DC Jail to discuss his book Why Should White Guys Have All the Wealth?: How You Can Become a Millionaire Starting From the Bottom about learning the secrets of finance and working to build wealth. Nash’s book aims to not only assist readers with improving their financial habits, but to bring awareness to the country’s racial wealth gap as well. It received positive feedback from our members, and Nash was met with eagerness to learn and many questions about how to get started.  In his book, Nash discusses his own ..read more
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Author and NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony Visits Book Club
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
6M ago
On August 5, 2022, NBA star and author Carmelo Anthony came to speak with members of our Youth Book Club, a program that brings literature and poetry writing to teens incarcerated as adults. He opened the session with a discussion of his memoir Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised, which chronicles his life growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. After years of keeping his past experiences guarded, Anthony reveals the struggles of his childhood and the stress of keeping your emotions buried. His upbringing in Baltimore and his journey onwards is a story dedicated to those who see themselves in his exper ..read more
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Join the Free Minds Team
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
6M ago
Prison Book Club Manager Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop seeks a passionate, experienced project manager and editorial leader to helm our Prison Book Club program, a long-distance, correspondence-based program with members incarcerated in prisons across the country. Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Prison Book Club Manager will ensure high quality service delivery for 800+ incarcerated members; this includes the publication of a magazine, personalized selection and shipment of thousands of books to incarcerated readers, coordination of a letter writing program with hundreds of ..read more
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Join the Free Minds Team
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
7M ago
Director of Development Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop seeks a talented Director of Development to plan and implement a $3M+ fund development program that includes individual, institutional, private, and public giving strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director, supervise a team of 1 FTE, contractors, and will collaborate with staff, members, and the Board of Directors. This is a hybrid position, spending approximately 40% of your time each week in the office. Some nights and weekends are ..read more
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Finding Balance Within Expectations
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
9M ago
Our most recent Connect Magazine, Free Minds’ bimonthly publication written by and for our members, focuses on the theme of Expectations. In the Expectations Connect, we explored the differences between setting realistic and unrealistic expectations. In the criminal legal  system, stability can be difficult to achieve. Whether in jail or prison, awaiting trial or transferring facilities, or preparing for reentry, many of our members build expectations for the future. In this magazine, we opened the door to a healthy conversation about setting realistic expectations.  Read our latest ..read more
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The Real World of Work with Coach Antwan
Free Minds Book Club
by Free Minds Book Club
1y ago
An interview with Free Minds member Antwan, by Zoe, Free Minds Intern. This interview was originally published in Volume 11, Issue 2 of the Free Minds Connect. Zoe: Can you tell us about your incarceration and your history with Free Minds? Antwan: I was incarcerated at sixteen in 2006 and charged as an adult. I was in the juvenile block when I heard about Free Minds. I was never a big reader back then, but I was a very outspoken person. I had an influence on the block. It was a new program on the block so everyone was rebellious to it. I sat down and saw their outlook and their vision to ..read more
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