Unlocking Creativity to Transform Lives

Writers in Residence teaches creative writing to youth who are incarcerated to empower their voices and assist in their re-entry into society.
our model

Creativity as Therapy

Address Unresolved Trauma
Oftentimes youth enter the juvenile justice system with unresolved emotional trauma.
Creative Writing Workshops
Sessions are facilitated by passionate university students who create a safe space for youth to express themselves and work through difficult emotions through engaging prompts.
Ongoing Relationship Building
The real journey begins with re-entry. Youth are often forced to return to unstable environments, and we serve as a support system for them as they embark on this chapter.
Youth Enters Juvenile Justice System
Oftentimes youth enter with unresolved emotional trauma.
Creative Writing Workshops
Facilitated by passionate university students who create a safe space for youth to express themselves and work through difficult emotions through engaging prompts.
Ongoing Relationship Building
The real journey begins with reentry. Youth are often forced to return to unstable environments. We serves as a support system that youth can always return to.
impact

What We've Accomplished

12
separate cohorts across the state of Ohio
1344
residents participated in creative writing workshops
826
pieces of creative writing supported
2146
chapbooks distributed
testimonials

What Residents Say

"I learned about Joy"
Resident at Medina JDC
"It was empowering and a safe space to express myself"
Resident at Seneca County YC
"I like this program because I get to get things off my chest"
Resident at Medina JDC
"I needed Writers in Residence, I got to put what was on my mind while no one saying nothing"
Resident at Seneca County YC
"I learned how to cope by using creative writing and there's multiple opportunities to go far with it"
Resident at Montgomery County CAS
"I know what I need to do to be successful mentally"
Resident at Medina JDC
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Reentry Mentorship Initiative

Facilitate a smooth transition for youth back into their communities.

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Works of Creative Writing

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The family is solid as a rock we always will have respect and love for one another Even though our music is quite different The honesty between us never fails we may fight as most families do but at the end of the day we help each other make our dreams come true The family is solid as a rock.

J
Spring 2021
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April 16, 2021 Dear Cody, I can be whoever I want to be have learned that people can change and that change can be good, I have amazing Girl. Your kind respectful you cherish everyone who you come across. Don’t let anybody push you around. You are smart and an amazing Person don’t let anybody come in the way between of me and myself. Stay in Contact with God. Love, Cody

Cody
Spring 2021
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Constant thought’s of getting released, I use my positivity to get me threw the Day, An to remind my-self it will all be over with soon.

J
Spring 2021
Louisville Slugger

My freshman year. Playing baseball for tiffin Columbian. I had never really played at all that year, just wasnt as talented than some other people at the time. But our coach put me first at bat, top of the order, our very last game. So I remember distinctly I took my friends baseball bat it was a Louisville, and I went up. The pitcher threw a changeup and I just absolutely cranked it into left field, I remember it bounced and hit the fence, and I just kept sprinting. I ended up getting a triple, and playing a lot more after that.

Evan
Spring 2021
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1 Salty Barbeque Chips are so good, I Love chips are so good to eat 2 Friends are amusing They Help out with anything And everything too

Julia
Spring 2021
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1. I am fun smart athletic bored 2. Bumping Juice, Uzi, Polo, the G.O.A.Ts. 3. Chipotle white rice extra chicken yumm 4. Started strong can’t stop gotta finish 5. Help others makes you stronger inside 6. The mind is powerful use wisely 7. Tell that girl bye see ya 8. I will be better then you

J
Spring 2021
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1. I am fun smart athletic bored 2. Bumping Juice, Uzi, Polo, the G.O.A.Ts. 3. Chipotle white rice extra chicken yumm 4. Started strong can’t stop gotta finish 5. Help others makes you stronger inside 6. The mind is powerful use wisely 7. Tell that girl bye see ya 8. I will be better then you

J
Spring 2021
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This Photo is of me and my boyfriend holding hands in New York City. IN the photo you can see my right hand which has a bracelet he gave me in it and you can see his left hand and his hand tattoos holding my hand as the camera also points at the buildings as we hold hands. You cant see anything but our hands and what’s in front of us. But after the Photo we danced a little and he picked me up, held me, swung me in his arms and kissed me while everybody stared as they walked past us. During this photo I was very happy and excited to see the city.

Ty
Spring 2021
Besties

I remember when you got in this fight and I told the other girl she had to go through me before she got to you because you did not do anything wrong to get that and that is why we are Best friends now. I remember that same day, you helped me out when I was having a panic attack and that you had to carry me out of the lunchroom. But on the same day, the other girl started punching you and I tried to get her off you. But A.J got her off you because I could not get her off you but she also punched me too and when she punched us we were just talking to each other and you were talking to M because you liked him and we were just asking him questions and to see if he liked you and he said maybe so yay. Thank you.

Julia
Spring 2021
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