In the first installment of Urban Heat Advisory’s “Community Spotlight”, we sat down with DC based non-profit, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop. Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop uses books and creative writing to empower incarcerated youth and provides job readiness training, creative writing workshops and violence prevention outreach programs to help uplift DC’s incarcerated youth.
Both having an extensive career in youth justice reform, co-founders Kelli Taylor and Tara Libert founded Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop in 2002 and has since served over 600 youths and adults each year. Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop uses poetry to connect inmates to their community by hosting community gatherings where volunteers join to read poems written by local inmates. The non-profit has received numerous awards for their work in the community and their very successful national project, “On The Same Page United”, which launched in 2015.
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop has been committed to providing Washington, DC’s troubled youth with the tools they need in order to achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.
Check out Urban Heat Advisory’s Community Spotlight video featuring “Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop”.