IOW’s volunteer teachers have a genuine love of the written word. They lead 39 weekly creative writing classes inside L.A. juvenile detention facilities. More than 50 screenwriters, educators, poets, playwrights, journalists, artists, teachers and youth advocates use pen, paper and patience to elevate the human condition – one student at a time.


Caring and supportive adults who reflect the racial, cultural and generational diversity of Los Angeles serve as mentors to formerly incarcerated alumni. When matched with an alum, mentors participate in one-on-one and group activities while building genuine, supportive relationships. Mentors are role models who influence positive attitudes and behavior while encouraging the personal goals and dreams of alumni.


IOW publishes In Depth, a quarterly literary journal of student and alumni writing. Each edition requires a team of editors to review the entire issue in preparation for publication. Editing occurs three times a year.


The Alumni Program leads monthly workshops to support the development of alumni’s life skills. Focus areas include career/professional development, education, adulthood navigation and health. Do you have a unique knowledge base and skill set that would help our alumni better themselves and advance their life opportunities? If so, consider volunteering an afternoon to facilitate a workshop.


IOW hosts a limited number of part-time internships, which provide an ideal opportunity to support the organization’s mission through administrative and programmatic duties.

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