Category: Writing Program
Choosing a New Chapter
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.
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.
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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
AM I A HERO OR A VILLAIN?
I think I am a hero in my own way but I did act like a villain at a point in my life. I do feel sorry and I will act like the hero that I know I am and that my family knows that I am. 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.
Summer Night Lights – My Favorite Season
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
2013 Writers’ Retreat at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall
On October 19th, more than 30 students along with their parents, teachers, Probation and IOW staff and special guests gathered in the Compound at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall for the final Writers’ Retreat of 2013. Retreats are held annually at each of the three juvenile halls where IOW has classes and provide an opportunity for students in different living units to come together as a community to celebrate their writing accomplishments. The Barry J. Nidorf Retreat is unique in that parents are allowed to attend.
I Inspire Me
Close your eyes
& picture a bright light more
Strong Performances at the 2013 Central Writers’ Retreat
“My name is Alex and this is my poem.”