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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 19:38

Give Hope for the Holidays

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Dear Freedom Writer Friends and Family,

We are excited to tell you that we have changed our e-newsletter service provider. In doing so, we would like to bring you the best quality of service and are asking for your help in gauging your level of interest.

We hope that you will r...

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Thursday, 19 May 2016 18:22

Freedom Writer Scholar Ellis Sanchez

From the moment you walk into a room, Ellis Sanchez is the first person to greet you with an outstretched hand and a huge smile. He has a wonderfully warm personality and radiates posit...

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Friday, 13 May 2016 22:31

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. Embassy and 7 events for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on behalf of the U.S. ‎Consulate General. All told, I worked in over a dozen...

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Friday, 13 May 2016 22:31

Precious Symonette

Freedom Writer Teacher Precious Symonette’s name is called, and immediately the whole room erupts into applause. Ms. Symonette doesn’t even hear that she’s the winner of the Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year!

As a beloved teacher at Norland High School in Florida, Symonette has been able to touch the lives of many inner-city studen...

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The smell of marijuana greets me at the door, followed closely by a disheveled woman. She asks what I want, and I tell her that I have come for the girls. She calls to them: “The lady is here.” The girls dart to the door, excited and expectant, each asking what the plans are for the evening and what they will eat.

In this neighborhood gr...

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When Ferial Pearson first attended the Freedom Writers Institute (FWI) in the summer of 2010, it was immediately clear what an incredible teacher she was. Her passion for education and her students came out every time she spoke about her job. Some say that teaching is not a career, but a calling. We believe that this amazing woman has definitely...

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 08:56

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 Teachers in 2006. Bill’s facility includes kids from 13-18 years of age who are typically held for six months or less.

During Erin’s visit, she...

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 08:43

Breaking the Cycle

Katie Johnson was a teenager who ended up in the juvenile hall that Erin will be visiting in San Diego on Christmas Eve. Katie is an example of how positive reinforcement and second chances can change students' trajectories and how they see themselves. Below is her story of success. 

Katie Johnson was arrested in 2010 after she took 13 X...

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Friday, 18 March 2016 09:44

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 incarcerated youth at the San Diego Juvenile Hall where Erin will visit on Christmas Eve this year.


PASSWORD: freedom

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