WritersCorps Offers New Resource for Youths in the Juvenile Justice System

Posted by Edward Loughran
March 07, 2014

WritersCorps is a national organization that has been placing professional writers in schools, afterschool programs, and community centers to teach creative writing to young people, for 19 years. San Francisco's WritersCorps has created an exciting free resource for youths in the juvenile justice system.

The teaching artist at the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) in San Francisco, Anhvu Buchanan, created a journal with his students called Words Within the Walls. The journal contains sample poems by youths at JJC, writing prompts and pages for writing. Buchanan developed the book to encourage his students to write outside of class and has found it to be a successful tool. This journal can be used by educators as a teaching tool, offered as a gift to students upon release or it can be a motivational tool in the facility.

The cost of printing and shipping the journal will be covered by a Kickstarter campaign launched by WritersCorps this month. If you’re interested in receiving free copies of Words Within the Walls for the youths at your facilities, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please include your contact information, facility or program name, address and how many copies you need.

Please take an inside look at the journal.

Poem Example
Example of a poem and space for youths to write their own in the journal

Home Instructions
Instructions for youths to write a poem about "home"

How-To Example
Instructions for youths to write a creative how-to poem