The Beat Within

beat within

Check out this online and print publication – The Beat Within! It is their mission to:

…provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community. Outside of the juvenile justice system, The Beat Within partners with community organizations and individuals to bring resources to youth both inside and outside of detention. We are committed to being an effective bridge between youth who are locked up and the community that aims to support their progress towards a healthy, non-violent, and productive life.

This current issue features poets from Champaign-Urbana that are behind bars at the Juvenile Detention Center.

You can find past issues in their archives.

letterThey also have this great letter project that is piloting.

Writing mentors will be matched with an adult incarcerated writer whose overall goal will be to foster better writing for publication through literary advice, fleshed out ideas, providing writing prompts, basic editing/ grammar education, etc.

Coming Soon: YA Underground | School Library Journal

Coming Soon: YA Underground | School Library Journal.

Starting January 16, Amy Cheney, who works with incarcerated kids at Alameda County (CA) Library’s Juvenile Hall, will be writing a new column for SLJTeen. The column, “YA Underground: Teen Books You Might Have Missed,” will run every other month and feature titles that are of interest to teens—particularly those who have grown up in poverty or are now incarcerated. Because juvenile detention facilities, like Amy’s, don’t typically allow kids to read “street lit,” she’s always on the lookout for books that will pique their interest, and many of these titles are perfect for your public library’s young adult section. So get ready for some great reads: fiction, nonfiction, adult books for teens, and graphic novels—they’ll all be highlighted in YA Underground! Put the January 16 issue of SLJTeen on your must-read list.

Click on the link above to follow to the article & to subscribe to SLJTeeen!

Kind words for Exploring Prison Librarianship & a Great Youth Services Resource

This weekend I had a very nice surprise… stumbling on these kind words for my blog’s Urban Fiction Resources page!

The sweet librarian that said such nice things has a great website called Library Services for Incarcerated Youth. I don’t really mention youth services much. This website will be a great source for all of us!

Library Services for Incarcerated Youth features five key resources for you: getting started, funding, successful projects, evaluation, and resources. Check it out!