Mark your calendars!

Give Miami Day

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Exchange for Change will be participating in Give Miami Day, one of the biggest annual philanthropy events in the United States. For twenty four hours, starting at 12:00 am on the 15th until 12:00 am on the 16th, the Miami Foundation and its partners will give a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on this day. Check out our current campaign page, and stay tuned for more details on how you can get involved!

Miami Book Fair

Catch Exchange for Change at the Miami Book Fair on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:00pm! Come on up to The Porch to hear pieces written in Spanish and English by our currently incarcerated students, and then “exchange” your written response to their work. Also, for the first time, hear live readings from the first issue of our literary magazine, Don’t Shake the Spoon. The event will take place at The Porch at 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132. For more information, click here.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and make our first annual fundraiser at The Betsy such a huge success. Please check back again soon for pictures of the event.

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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.”

Click here to read the article.

 
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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

Interested in reading some of our talented students' work? Here's a collection that showcases dreams, thoughts, & creativity.

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