Virtual Write Night with Free Minds Recap

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 By: Lisa McCurdy
Past President Lisa McCurdy shares her experience at the Free Minds Virtual Write Night entitled, “On the Same Page,” on June 24.

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the June 24th Free Minds Virtual Write Night entitled, “On the Same Page,” along with other members of the DC Rotary Club.

Write Night gives volunteers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of current inmates, simply by reading their poetry and writing messages of encouragement and support. This feedback from caring strangers provides young inmates with an invaluable connection to the outside world. It also encourages new writers to express themselves in positive ways and to hone their communication skills—skills that will make it possible for them to complete high school and begin college when they are released.

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.

The Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C. (our Club’s Foundation) has supported this great organization four years in a row with a large $20,000 grant and this past year with a $5,000 grant.