At the first Alumni Writers’ Retreat on November 23rd, I experienced true friendship and understanding from my fellow alumni. more
My name is Gloria Basulto and I’ve spent most of my childhood holidays incarcerated. During my last year of detention, I spent Easter, the Fourth of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving locked up.
InsideOUT Writers is honored to be a part of a community of organizations and individuals who are committed to transforming the juvenile justice system. This column highlights people who are making a difference. In this issue, Eliana Yoneda, IOW’s College Intern, shares how her recent trip to Africa reminded her of IOW.
When asked, “What does it mean to teach for InsideOUT Writers?” our Writing Program teachers understand that it’s both a philosophical and practical question. They also know that the experience itself provides the real answers. And those answers – what it means to share a conversation, guide a writing exercise and facilitate a space to laugh and heal – are life changers for both the teachers and the students. more
Summer is one of my favorite seasons and this summer has been one of the most gratifying. Through a partnership between InsideOUT Writers and Summer Night Lights, I was given the opportunity to teach creative writing to young people in South Central Los Angeles and Highland Park. This experience was one-of-a-kind and opened doors for me to grow as a young artist, teacher and motivational speaker. more
Finding employment in this job market is tough enough, but imagine having to do it while contending with employer bias, limited education and work experience as well as a criminal record. These are the barriers that our alumni — formerly incarcerated youth and young adults — face every day. In the fight to stay out of jail, employment is a key factor. In fact, several studies have linked the high recidivism rate among formerly incarcerated persons with their lack of education and employment opportunities.
In 1997, when I was 17 years old, I was asked by Sister Janet Harris to attend an innovative creative writing class in Unit K/L at Central Juvenile Hall. more
The Alumni Program’s efforts to empower and build the capacity of formerly incarcerated youth would not be possible without the support of key community partners. more