Hello Free Minds Friends!
Since our last report, we've been extraordinarily busy here at Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop! Our members continue to amaze us with their creativity, resilience, and motivation to achieve positive goals. As always, we could not do what we do without your support. Here are just a few of the things we've been up to this summer:
Dear Free Minds, The words I am typing cannot relay the emotions I have been experiencing today since your visit to my class. I am taken back by the sharing from Michael, Antwan and Lamarzs. You were so touching .I cannot wait to see my students in class on Wednesday to talk about their thoughts on the morning. Thank you so very much. I will be in touch to work together more to help our young people stay on the right track...
None of these exciting new developments would have been possible without support from dedicated members of the community such as yourselves! We'd like to share a few words from the Free Minds members:
"Free Minds has really changed my life dramatically for the better. I overcame a real life struggle with Free Minds right behind me the whole way through. I was a young man (15) when I first met Free Minds. I didn't know what way my life was headed, facing over 30 years at a young age. I lost my whole family to this thing called life (three brothers killed in the streets) so I really didn't have no hope or motivation for life but Free Minds really showed me I am still here for a reason. They told me we going to overcome this sentence and they did it day by day. When I came home, they employed me. My work in Reentry helps me strengthen myself and strengthen others with the On the Same Page events to let young men who are in the same shoes I was in at that age know that there's more to achieve." – Antwan, age 22 "I’ve decided to change my life. I loved all the books you sent that got me thinking a new way. I did a lot of violent things in the past and I want to start over. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you are here to help me when I’m home. I’ve been locked up for 4 ½ years and so much has changed and I need help. Thank you Free Minds." – Mark, age 21
We are incredibly grateful for and humbled by your generosity and your belief in our work. Thank you for everything that you do!
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