October – November 2023: Securing a job is a top priority for people returning to the community after incarceration. And, that first impression with a potential employer makes all the difference. Our award-winning actor/ producer/ public speaking teacher Mike Baker helped the women in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center learn those skills, and along the way, give them confidence and a head start on post-incarceration success.
Acting is an art unto its own, and so many life skills come from it. First, just getting over the terror of performing in front of an audience – even if the audience is your classmates – brings a new confidence. Our 7-time Emmy winning Mike Baker, a professional actor and producer (and so much more!) coached the best performances from our Friends of Guest House clients in January 2022. He showed them the tricks of the trade – breath, pacing, key word emphasis. Listen to our newest potential Oscar winner here.
Writing poetry is hard enough, and writing Valentine’s Day poems – then reading them aloud – takes a fearlessness that few of us have. Thank you Aimee and Rachel from Friends of Guest House for having that courage.
Rachel Seidel wrote a Valentine’s Day poem to her daddy. We. Love. Take a listen here.
Aimee wrote about seeing someone. Really, really seeing. Listen to her here. What do you think?
Three things we love Anna Thomas’s poem “A Place Called the PJs”:
Her shy, adorable smile
Fried chicken, Lima beans, and cornbread
Burping through your nose
Listen for yourself:
What do you think? Tell us!
Heard clients from the Arlington County detention center had the opportunity to present their stories and poetry and practice their public speaking skills. Check out the video!