Category: IOW Update

Higher Learning: Juvenile Life Without the Possibility of Parole

InsideOUT Writers is honored to be a part of a community of organizations and individuals who are committed to transforming the juvenile justice system.  more

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Reflections on the 2012 Central Writers’ Retreat
Guest speaker and author Luis Rodriguez (left) with IOW teacher Michael Miner (right)

Guest speaker and author Luis Rodriguez (left) with IOW teacher Michael Miner (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure everyone associated with InsideOUT Writers remembers their first Retreat – as a student, a teacher, staff member or guest.  Mine was as the incoming Writing Program Director. more

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Oxy in Action
Oxy Students, IOW Alumni and staff

Oxy Students, IOW Alumni and staff

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

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InsideOUT Voices

Dear IOW,

My name is Elias and I’m writing to thank you for letting me be a part of InsideOUT Writers.  Every day I write in my journal, it keeps my mind calm and collected.  My essay writing is improving and I thank you all very much.  When I’m released I will join the Alumni Program so I can lead myself in the right direction for the future.

 

Elias

Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall

12/20/2011

 

With Closed Eyes

 

A raging war within a family is my sight with closed eyes

Only when you close your eyes can you see through the lies

And all the people in the street are just the soldiers in disguise

But all the young and all the innocent are paying the price

Because the loud sounds of the war are silencing all their cries

Forcing the youth into a draft, making them fight for their lives

As a brother fights a brother their humanity dies

I see an endless war for nothing when I close my eyes

 

Pedro Vargas

Intern

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Mentoring Program Continues to Grow

On February 2nd, the Alumni Program held a kick-off celebration to announce its third group of mentoring matches. more

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LA Opera at Central Juvenile Hall

Heads turned as 100 students in IOW’s Writing Program at Central Juvenile Hall and more than 40 Alumni and special guests tried to figure out where the deep, powerful voice was coming from.  Suddenly more

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Alumni Photography Class
Benjamin Aparicio

Benjamin Aparicio

Jessica Martinez

Jessica Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the summer, InsideOUT Writers partnered with East Los Angeles College (ELAC) to pilot a four-week “Intro to Photography” class for Alumni. more

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2nd Mentoring Group Launched

On November 3rd, the Alumni Program held a kick-off celebration to announce its second group of mentoring matches.  more

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Barry J. Nidorf Writers’ Retreat

“How are you all doing?” asked Martin, the student MC, as he addressed the crowd that gathered for the 2011 Writers’ Retreat at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall on Saturday, October 15th. more

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Giving Thanks Feast 2011

The 2nd annual Giving Thanks Feast was held on November 17th to celebrate and recognize the contributions of IOW’s Alumni, volunteers and community partners.  more

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