Meet Free Minds student Jennifer Reyes

At 24, Jennifer Reyes is one of the youngest Free Minds students, but when she came to interview for a spot in the program in July, she said she had already waited too long to start college. “The way my caseworker explained this program to me, it helps you get started, so you’re ready when … Continue reading

Playing Shakespeare! A Saturday morning workshop for children ages 8-14

The University of Texas Shakespeare at Winedale program invites you to join us for a special “Playing Shakespeare” workshop for children on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, on the UT campus. We will enjoy some “Winedale warmup” games, sing, and play Shakespeare! The session is free of charge, but it would help … Continue reading

Meet Stacey Kennedy ’12

Stacey Kennedy, Free Minds ’12, and her son Richmond talk about their journey from homelessness to college: [kml_flashembed movie=”″ width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

Camp Fire Kids Take on the Humanities, Too

When Free Minds students studied Shakespeare in the fall, their children did the same. “The kids did an awesome job with Romeo and Juliet,” says teacher Anna-Marie Rider. “It’s so cool to see the younger kids understand and relate to the story. They’d say things like, ‘Romeo was silly to take that medicine. If only … Continue reading

Meet Free Minds Student Lorena Elias

Lorena Elias is a Community Worker with the Austin Health and Human Services Department. She learned about Free Minds from a flyer her 9-year-old son, Miguel, brought home from UT Elementary School. Of all the texts she’s read in class so far, her favorite is A Midsummer Night’s Dream–not surprising, as she loves theater and … Continue reading

Alumni Visit Free Minds Class

By the end of the first month of classes, students had already turned in their first essay and read Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif” and selections from The Epic of Gilgamesh. It was the perfect moment for a visit from Free Minds alumni to calm students’ anxieties and cheer them on for the year ahead. On September … Continue reading