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.
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
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.