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BreakFree Education A student's potential cannot be confined Our mission is to radically improve education in the juvenile and criminal justice systems by investing in the potential and dignity of all its students.

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Register for our April book club! We're focusing on books of poetry from for National Poetry Month. If you work at a juv...
03/03/2021

Register for our April book club! We're focusing on books of poetry from for National Poetry Month. If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up for free facilitation guides and a chance to win free books http://bit.ly/3sGpPGY

Students competing in our Unbound Readathon redesigned book covers... wow are they creative!  Check out the two winning ...
02/18/2021

Students competing in our Unbound Readathon redesigned book covers... wow are they creative! Check out the two winning designs: Looking for Alaska, redesigned by a student in NE, and The Shining, redesigned by a student in MO!

Congratulations to our Unconstruct Design Thinking challenge winners. Students learned about challenges faces by homeles...
02/11/2021

Congratulations to our Unconstruct Design Thinking challenge winners. Students learned about challenges faces by homeless communities and designed housing solutions to meet their needs. Winner, KP, designed a tent-like, transportable housing solution to keep runaway teens safe.

Design Thinking can transform your classroom and tap into your students’ most innovative talents.
02/10/2021

Design Thinking can transform your classroom and tap into your students’ most innovative talents.

Students at Division of Youth Services' Datema House participated in BreakFree Education Unconstruct competition. Using design theory, the students created model homes to solve the unique problems facing the burgeoning homeless population. The students enjoyed this creative, hands on project while learning a valuable lesson about empathy.

Schools participating in our Unbound Readathon competeted in a door decorating contest.  Look at these amazing designs! ...
02/10/2021

Schools participating in our Unbound Readathon competeted in a door decorating contest. Look at these amazing designs! #IAmNotYourPerfectMexicanDaughter #CloudyWithAChanceofMeatballs #RedScarfGirl #BreakFreeEd

Educators, if you've participated in one of our initiatives this year, please help us by filling out our mid-year survey...
02/09/2021

Educators, if you've participated in one of our initiatives this year, please help us by filling out our mid-year survey!

This feedback is critical to our ability to offer resources and materials that best fit you and your students' needs.
We are grateful for you taking the time to complete this survey.

https://form.jotform.com/210346191512042

“I am dyslexic, but that won’t stop me from achieving my goals, because Albert Einstein also had a learning disability.”...
02/05/2021
An opportunity to explore different emotions, thoughts and ideas

“I am dyslexic, but that won’t stop me from achieving my goals, because Albert Einstein also had a learning disability.”
-Kevin, January 2021 Travis Hill School Graduate

Read more about Kevin's story and other updates on education in juvenile facilities in our recent newsletter: bit.ly/3roZaOi

Registration is open for our March book club!  We're focusing on Elizabeth Acevedo's National Book Award winning, Poet X...
02/02/2021

Registration is open for our March book club! We're focusing on Elizabeth Acevedo's National Book Award winning, Poet X.

If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up your school for free facilitation guides and a chance to win free books http://bit.ly/3j8smGm

It's Feb. 1st and the first day of our #Unbound Readathon!  Time to get reading!  #BreakFreeEd
02/01/2021

It's Feb. 1st and the first day of our #Unbound Readathon! Time to get reading! #BreakFreeEd

Registration is open for our February book club!  If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up your school for free facil...
01/11/2021

Registration is open for our February book club! If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up your school for free facilitation guides and a chance to win free books bit.ly/3ov2VRn

Possible through our partnership w/ #MillionBookProject

As the year winds down, we want to thank you for supporting young people in confinement, highlight good work being done ...
12/23/2020

As the year winds down, we want to thank you for supporting young people in confinement, highlight good work being done inside of schools around the country, and encourage you to keep our kids and juvenile justice reform in your sights in 2021.

Read our recent newsletter here: http://bit.ly/3hqw79D

We’re sending 2k books to students held in confinement during the holidays thanks to John Legend and FreeAmerica who mat...
12/19/2020

We’re sending 2k books to students held in confinement during the holidays thanks to John Legend and FreeAmerica who matched our #GivingTuesday donations. We’re grateful for all of our supporters and thank you for embracing our young people #BreakFreeEd

To learn more about John’s criminal justice reform work through FreeAmerica, follow them or visit letsfreeamerica.com.

January's book is Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped!  If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up your school for free reading...
12/15/2020

January's book is Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped! If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up your school for free reading materials and a chance to win books http://bit.ly/37kU7qW

Possible through our partnership w/ #MillionBookProject #BreakFreeEd

Last Day to get in your orders!
12/08/2020

Last Day to get in your orders!

We have a holiday shop open! Get a BreakFree hoodie or shirt now! Orders must go in by 12/9. https://bit.ly/33Eubof

We have a holiday shop open!  Get a BreakFree hoodie or shirt now!  Orders must go in by 12/9.  https://bit.ly/33Eubof
12/03/2020

We have a holiday shop open! Get a BreakFree hoodie or shirt now! Orders must go in by 12/9. https://bit.ly/33Eubof

It's Giving Tuesday!  You can support us by donating or volunteering.  All donations will support our holiday book and g...
12/01/2020

It's Giving Tuesday! You can support us by donating or volunteering. All donations will support our holiday book and games bundles that will be sent to students in juvenile justice facilities. The more money we raise, the more bundles we’ll be able to send!

Donate: https://bit.ly/3fuaapa

You can also volunteer to write a holiday card to an incarcerated student this holiday season: https://bit.ly/3g3zItz

1 week until #GivingTuesday begins! Mark your calendars and begin making your donations early on December 1. With every ...
11/24/2020

1 week until #GivingTuesday begins! Mark your calendars and begin making your donations early on December 1. With every dollar of your contributions, you will help us send books and games to students held in confinement over the holidays. https://bit.ly/3fuaapa

2 weeks from today! Save the date for our #givingtuesday fundraiser to send books & games to incarcerated teens over the...
11/17/2020

2 weeks from today! Save the date for our #givingtuesday fundraiser to send books & games to incarcerated teens over the holiday break. We're also bringing back #CareMail for a special holiday card edition-- we'll be looking for volunteers to help spread holiday cheer to our students by writing holiday cards to them!

Next month's book club is on Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down- which is dedicated to youth in detention centers! If you wor...
11/16/2020

Next month's book club is on Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down- which is dedicated to youth in detention centers! If you work at a school in a juvenile facility, sign up to enter our book lottery and receive facilitation materials! https://bit.ly/35xHCHQ #MillionBookProject

Registration is open for our November Book Club & Lottery!  Sign up for a chance to receive a classroom set of books and...
10/16/2020

Registration is open for our November Book Club & Lottery! Sign up for a chance to receive a classroom set of books and facilitation materials here: https://bit.ly/315YQth #MillionBookProject #MillionBookClub #BreakFreeEd

We are excited to announce that we have a winner of our #Unheard speechwriting competition! Students held in confinement...
10/06/2020

We are excited to announce that we have a winner of our #Unheard speechwriting competition! Students held in confinement used their voices to speak on behalf of the voiceless.

“I want for the unheard voices to know that they will be heard.”

Listen to the honest, powerful winning speeches here: bit.ly/3jAFeo6 #BreakFreeEd

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" N. Mandela. Today and every day we are tha...
10/05/2020

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" N. Mandela. Today and every day we are thankful for the educators partnering with us to create engaging lessons in the US #JJ system. Happy #worldteachersday!

Congratulations to our September Unjammed Learning Network challenge winners James and Krishana! Thank you for your comm...
10/02/2020

Congratulations to our September Unjammed Learning Network challenge winners James and Krishana! Thank you for your commitment to your students. #ULN #jjedtech #breakfree

We are so excited about our new name and logo. Our name embodies our core purpose: to create educational opportunities f...
09/21/2020

We are so excited about our new name and logo. Our name embodies our core purpose: to create educational opportunities for young people held in confinement so they can BreakFree— from the bars that hold them back and the stereotypes that hold them down. We believe a student’s potential cannot be confined.

Our new logo presents a choice between bars and books. Since we view young people in the juvenile and criminal justice systems as scholars, we see books. We hope you do, too! #BreakFreeEd

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09/20/2020

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BIG announcement coming on Monday, 9/21!! #NewName!
09/18/2020

BIG announcement coming on Monday, 9/21!! #NewName!

Students reacted to reading #JustMercy over the summer by writing letters and creating artwork.
09/17/2020

Students reacted to reading #JustMercy over the summer by writing letters and creating artwork.

We love our fluffy friends! Especially Suzi the service dog @travishillnola
09/14/2020

We love our fluffy friends! Especially Suzi the service dog @travishillnola

We are extremely grateful that @dianargill shared her expertise with our Unjammed Learning Network. Check out her book #...
09/11/2020

We are extremely grateful that @dianargill shared her expertise with our Unjammed Learning Network. Check out her book #Copyrighteous!

The academic achievement levels of youth in the juvenile justice system rarely exceed the elementary school level. Educa...
09/08/2020

The academic achievement levels of youth in the juvenile justice system rarely exceed the elementary school level. Education is essential to ensuring long term re-entry success for youth in the justice system.

”Reading Just Mercy made me realize I have hope. It gave me the perspective that I don’t have to let my past define my c...
09/08/2020

”Reading Just Mercy made me realize I have hope. It gave me the perspective that I don’t have to let my past define my character. I am more than the worst thing I ever did in my life." Students from 100+ juvenile facilities got the chance to break free from their surroundings, reflect, and hope with our Summer Book Club - https://mailchi.mp/ceeas/september2020

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I received Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds from one of your book lotteries. We started reading it this week! My students absolutely love it. They do not want to put it down! It has been so exciting to work with them and read this book! Thank you for choosing me and for sending this awesome book!
What if Mississippi adopted a similar educational component for i our incarcerated population.
Friends, I hope you'll join me in embracing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated teens and young adults as our own. Support us and help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 via Facebook on Giving Tuesday.
I was happy to designate the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings as the recipient of my FB birthday fundraiser! Contributions exceeded my goal, and while not a HUGE amount, allowed me to contribute to this fine work!