This project will provide DC youth recently released from prison with monthly workshops that foster new support systems, job skills, and the tools and confidence to follow a positive life path.
Free Minds has served over 350 youth incarcerated as adults in the DC Jail. These young men often return to the community eager for a fresh start, but are held back by the lack of a positive support system. Having spent their adolescence behind bars, their experience as returning citizens is marked by an absence of opportunity. Youth coming home need to practice social skills, create bonds with others, and learn the tools to make positive choices, but these options are rarely offered.
Through frequent and regular outings and workshops on activities ranging from financial readiness and career goals to hip-hop sonnet classes and outdoor team-building, Free Minds empowers youth to restructure the foundation of their lives.
We will nurture and sustain the trusting relationships developed in book club at the DC Jail to instill in youth the confidence needed to pursue employment and education, resulting in lower recidivism rates, stronger families, and safer communities.
When I came home, doing activities with Free Minds taught me how I can benefit from new experiences. Now I can be successful on probation and in life. - Lonte Robertson, 18 years old, Free Minds Re-entry support participant
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,800
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,000
Total Funding Goal: $16,800
Project Id: #6196
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