OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide educators with tools to empower all students to succeed.

The Freedom Writers Foundation focuses on four main programs that improve the education of students around the globe. We train educators to teach every student, develop interesting and substantive curricula, award scholarships to first-generation high school graduates, and bring hope by sharing our stories of overcoming adversity through education.

 
INSPIRING STORIES

A Bit of Inspiration Can Make a Difference

 
OUR STORY

150 Students Go From “Unteachable” to Best Sellers

The Freedom Writers journey began in 1994 when Erin Gruwell taught English to 150 at-risk students in Long Beach, CA. With the use of Gruwell’s engaging teaching techniques, 100% of her students, affectionately known as the Freedom Writers, graduated from high school, became co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book, The Freedom Writers Diary, and exceeded expectations by pursuing higher education and advanced degrees. In order to replicate the success she had with her students, Gruwell founded the Freedom Writers Foundation.

 
OUR DIARY

Creating a Culture of Colorful Voices

 

The Promise of the Promised Land

I recently returned from the Middle East, and I feel compelled to share. My trip to Israel and the West Bank was inspiring and eye-opening. I did over 20 events in Israel on behalf of the U.S. Embas...

The Freedom Writers Podcast: Now Available on iTunes and Stitcher

You've seen the movie. You've read the book. Now listen to the podcast! Hosted by renowned educator Erin Gruwell, the Freedom Writers Podcast features thought-provoking conversations with Ms. G's orig...

"We're All the Same Right Now": A Letter from a 9/11 Survivor

"We're All the Same Right Now": A Letter from a 9/11 Survivor On September 11, 2001, twenty-two-year-old Anna Miller was attending a business seminar in New York City when she and her co-workers becam...

One More Chance for Snowmen: A Heartfelt Letter from a Soldier to His Daughters

One More Chance for Snowmen: A Heartfelt Letter from a Soldier to His Daughters One month before leaving his home in New York to serve with a special operations unit in Iraq, thirty-seven-year-old Cap...

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