Turn the Page & The Beat Within

The Turn the Page project has begun an exciting collaboration with The Beat Within, an organization based out of San Francisco that publishes a weekly publication of writings by incarcerated youth. Each week, MixITUp! students meet with residents at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center to discuss writing topics and engage in collaborative writing exercises. After each writing workshop, youth have the opportunity to work with MixITUp! students in the editing process and submit their final products to the Beat Within magazine for publication.

In conjunction with the writing workshops, Turn the Page developed a “teen authors” section in the detention center library that features youth authored works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition to the Beat Within publications, recently added material includes:

They Call Me 299-359: Writings by the Incarcerated Youth of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, an anthology of essays and poems written, edited and compiled by youth in detention centers and jails across the country who participated in the Free Minds Book Club.

What We See: Poems and Essays from Inside Juvenile Hall, a collection of writings by incarcerated youth who participated in the InsideOUT Writers program in California.

You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys, edited by Betsy Franco.

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One Response to Turn the Page & The Beat Within

  1. Lisa says:

    The Beat Within, established in 1996, is based out of San Francisco, CA. We are very excited about our partnership with Turn The Page. Check out our website, thebeatwithin.org, to read the first batch of writings out of Champaign County. You will find their thoughtful work in issue- 18.05/06. For more information, send us an email, “like” us on Facebook, or reach out to us through our website.

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