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Mission:

We teach creative writing to youth who are incarcerated in jails and prisons; foster a genuine, long-lasting relationship with our residents; and free their voices through the distribution and showcase of their creative writing in our published chapbooks shared with the community.


Vision:

We work towards reducing our residents’ recidivism rates by increasing their literacy levels through creative writing that gives them the ability to critically think, creatively express, and independently manage their stress, anxiety, and trauma. As our program grows, we will develop a pipeline between the “inside” and the “outside” for our residents to continue their writing and mentorship with our volunteers as well as benefit from our support network. Finally, we will start conversations with the help of our residents’ creative writing to remind our communities about this marginalized population that deserves to be treated as human beings with dignity and educate our communities about the juvenile justice system to create change.


Upcoming Events:

  1. An Evening with Jill Grunenwald at Mac’s Backs Book on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 7pm; RSVP

This is your chance to get a copy of this spring’s chapbook and a crewneck sweater!


“I figured out what I want in life and how to get it.”

– A Resident at Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correction Facility