Books for DC's Incarcerated Teens

$4,638 $0
Raised Remaining


Provides books to teenaged boys who have been charged and incarcerated as adults in the Washington, DC Jail.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Each year, more than 100 teenaged boys ages 16 and 17 are charged and incarcerated as adults at the Washington, DC Jail. Most have already dropped out of school. The jail has no library. This project uses a book club to introduce young inmates to the life changing power of books and creative writing.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project will allow us to provide new books 2X/month to youths in our book club. We will also provide extra books to meet the varied interests and reading levels of incarcerated teens just beginning to love and practice daily reading

Potential Long Term Impact

Free Minds serves the city's most at-risk teens. Books can be the spark that ignites a desire for learning and empowers these young men to pursue education instead of crime.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $4,638

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $4,638 .  The original project funding goal was $4,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Tara Libert

Washington, DC United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Books for DC's Incarcerated Teens