Category: Writing Program

The Next Chapter
Jimmy Wu, Sisiter Janet, Duane Noriyuki

Jimmy Wu, Sister Janet Harris, and Duane Noriyuki.

This fall, Duane Noriyuki, one of InsideOUT Writers’ founding teachers, visited Unit MN at Central Juvenile Hall. more

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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.

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Barry J. Nidorf 2012 Writers’ Retreat

“Sí, yo voy a traducir.”

Reese, Renford15

Dr. Renford Reese

In the early hours of October 27th, students, teachers, staff and family gathered to celebrate the spirit of writing more

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InsideOUT Voices

Blessed By God

I am blessed for having my family.

I am blessed for having time to think over my decisions. more

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Los Padrinos 2012 Writers’ Retreat: The Future is Not Set in Stone
Gina Loring

Gina Loring

Franky Carrillo

Franky Carrillo

 

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

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Always striving to Make a Difference
Prophet Walker and Chelsea Clinton

Prophet Walker with Chelsea Clinton

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

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Bravo, Bravo!

IOW Volunteer Scott Budnick Honored

IOW Alumni surround Scott Budnick at the Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony

IOW Alumni surround Scott Budnick at the Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony

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

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InsideOUT Voices

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

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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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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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