The Beat Within is thrilled to be celebrating our 20th year of dedicated service to incarcerated youth and beyond!

Like all milestones that inspire genuine pride, our self-satisfaction is accompanied by a big dose of humility, as we reflect on all the incredible writers and workshop facilitators who have poured their energy, talent, compassion, and love into this program. The Beat simply would have long since ceased to be without the courage of our participants and the dedication of scores of workshop facilitators, typists and editors who gave so much and asked for so little in return.

Now we humbly ask you to reaffirm your belief in the power of the written word to enlighten minds, elevate spirits, and liberate our most disenfranchised and ostracized citizens—incarcerated youth—from the shame and stigma of incarceration.

Fostering a culture of compassion, camaraderie, and creativity can make all the difference to children who find themselves entangled in a punitive institution that degrades and dehumanizes.

Our transgressions should not define us. Please support a one-of-a-kind program that encourages and educates those who need it the most, and help amplify marginalized voices by helping introduce them into the national discourse on the carceral state.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to The Beat Within today.

Thank you for your commitment to The Beat Within! We could not do this crucial work without the help of our friends!