Higher Learning – Language Lessons
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.
Students Become the Teachers
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
Executive Director’s Note – Fall 2013
Welcome to Fall,
As we prepare for the changing of the seasons, I wanted to take a moment to share a heartfelt letter from one of our former teachers, Adam LoCascio. more
Unit Focus: The Boys of Unit J
The first time I walked into Unit J, I saw a few rows of boys with oversized sweatshirts draped over their shoulders sitting in front of a roll-away television. Some were squirming in their seats while others watched the screen attentively. Looking at my class roster, I saw a column of birth years that started after 2000. Their round faces reinforced the fact that the boys of Unit J are among the youngest juveniles incarcerated in Los Angeles County. They were about to be my first IOW students.
Strong Performances at the 2013 Central Writers’ Retreat
“My name is Alex and this is my poem.”
The Next Chapter
This fall, Duane Noriyuki, one of InsideOUT Writers’ founding teachers, visited Unit MN at Central Juvenile Hall. more
Higher Learning: Lyrics on Lockdown
InsideOUT Writers is honored to be a part of a community of organizations and individuals who are committed to transforming the juvenile justice system.
Barry J. Nidorf 2012 Writers’ Retreat
“Sí, yo voy a traducir.”
In the early hours of October 27th, students, teachers, staff and family gathered to celebrate the spirit of writing more
Los Padrinos 2012 Writers’ Retreat: The Future is Not Set in Stone
On June 16, 2012, InsideOUT Writers’ staff and teachers arrived at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in the wee hours of the morning to begin preparations for the annual Writer’s Retreat. Fifteen years ago, in 1997, I was a student of the Writing Program and attended the organization’s very first retreat at Central Juvenile Hall. more
Always striving to Make a Difference
On May 8th, InsideOUT Writers was featured on the NBC Nightly News’ Making a Difference segment. Correspondent Chelsea Clinton interviewed volunteer teacher Scott Budnick, alum Prophet Walker and participated in a writing class led by Scott and Johnny Kovatch. more