A new literacy program has launched in South Carolina. By having incarcerated youth read and discuss diverse stories, Books Unbound strives to create an environment in which all children can imagine themselves as characters in books. We hope to empower incarcerated children to broaden how they imagine their own futures, and encourage them to expand their narratives of themselves.
Inspired by founder Emilie Hancock’s two years serving as a volunteer book club facilitator for incarcerated teens in Charlotte, North Carolina, Books Unbound seeks to prepare incarcerated youth in the Lowcountry to successfully re-enter society by helping them improve their literacy and develop empathetic, social, and critical thinking skills.
While the inaugural book club session is set for September 2016, the program is currently in need of donations to purchase books for future months.