We value your support of Exchange for Change's programs. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for our first annual fundraiser, hosted and underwritten by The Betsy Hotel on Thursday, September 20th at 6:00 pm. 


If you have been a part of our graduations in the past, you know the transformative power of the classes we offer. We are committed to amplifying the voices of our students. RSVP here today to enjoy an evening of literary performances, drinks, light fare, and live jazz.


The Power of Words

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Exchange for Change believes in the power of written partnerships to promote dialogue and impact social change. We facilitate anonymous writing exchanges between classrooms in correctional and court-mandated facilities as well as classrooms in high schools and universities. 

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Spotlight

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In a Florida prison, a poet grapples with power and oppression

In Martinez’s work, power is a trap; being ruled by it is a trap, and wielding it is, too, a dynamic that he said he confronts every day in prison. “Black and Latino correctional officers are oppressing their own people. They’re trapping each other,” he wrote in a letter to the NewsHour. “You got brothers and sisters struggling between remaining human and becoming a beast. It’s a moral balance daily.”

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"The Crying, the Laughing, The Hurt," A talent showcase inside prison walls

Outside of his dreams, Juan Esquival hadn’t held his children since 1999. “Freedom,” said Elliot Ross, doing time for a string of robberies before his 22nd birthday, “is for my kids not to make the same mistake I did in life.” After 18 years in prisons across Florida, as he tuned up, guitarist Ronald “Bam” Threet said he knew exactly how much time he had left on the inside: eight months, four hours and 35 minutes. 

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Writers' Work

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