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.


A Bit of Inspiration Can Make a Difference


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.


Creating a Culture of Colorful Voices


Teaching Hope Diary #91

There is a name for educators, and it has nothing to do with books or classrooms. It’s sunshine. As soon as my students arrive, I greet them: “Good morning. Are you ready for a great day?” There...

Exclusive Documentary Clip

Click on the video below to watch an exclusive clip from our documentary Freedom Writers: Stories From an Undeclared War. The scene shows two original Freedom Writers who give moving presentations to ...

Teacher of Hope

Last December, Erin Gruwell visited the Worsely School at the Fresno Juvenile Campus for the holidays. The event was orchestrated by Bill Feaver, who was in the very first group of Freedom Writer Tea...

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