Category: Writing Program
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
Blessed By God
I am blessed for having my family.
I am blessed for having time to think over my decisions. 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
IOW Volunteer Scott Budnick Honored
On May 2nd, Loyola Law School’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy honored longtime IOW volunteer teacher and former Board member, Scott Budnick, at its 2nd Annual Sister Janet Harris Juvenile Advocate Award Reception. more
Thanks to this paper and pen, I feel better now.
See, in this room, you can talk to the walls but it won’t make a difference.
But if I write what I feel, you’ll know me a little better and see who I really am. more
Reflections on the 2012 Central Writers’ Retreat
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
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.
Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall
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