120 episodes

Podcast by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers Podcast Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 79 Ratings

Podcast by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

    Finding Your Voice with Shanita Jones

    Finding Your Voice with Shanita Jones

    Finding Your Voice with Shanita Jones by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

    • 58 min
    Breaking the Stigma with Sue Ellen Alpizar

    Breaking the Stigma with Sue Ellen Alpizar

    On this episode of the Freedom Writers Podcast, Erin Gruwell sits down with Freedom Writer Sue Ellen Alpizar to discuss her powerful story of resilience and healing. Sue Ellen shares the challenges of growing up in a dysfunctional household, the impact of losing her brother, and her decision to break the cycle of silence surrounding mental health.

    Throughout the conversation, Sue Ellen offers valuable insights on the importance of seeking support, the benefits of various mental health treatments, and the power of using one's voice to inspire others. Her story is a reminder that no matter how dark things may seem, there is always hope, and that by embracing vulnerability, we can pave the way for healing and connection.

    Tune in to hear more!

    • 54 min
    Commanding Respect and Defying Expectations with Shanate Jones

    Commanding Respect and Defying Expectations with Shanate Jones

    On this episode of the Freedom Writers Podcast, Erin Gruwell sits down with Freedom Writer Shanate Jones. They discuss the traumatic experience of Shanate's youth, like having her childhood home invaded by police, the challenges she faced with disrespectful authority figures, and overcoming depression. Shanate also discusses her time in the military, the importance of integrity, and her "superhero" ability to connect with marginalized kids.

    Throughout the conversation, Shanate's wisdom shines through as she shares impactful metaphors and life lessons learned from her mother and reflects on the momentous achievement of graduating college alongside her twin sister and fellow Freedom Writers.

    Tune in for an inspiring conversation filled with laughter, tears, and profound insights from a true queen.

    • 53 min
    Championing Change with Latilla Cain

    Championing Change with Latilla Cain

    On this episode of the Freedom Writers Podcast, join Erin Gruwell as she speaks with original Freedom Writer Latilla Cain, who delves into her life's mission of championing for others. Through heartfelt stories, Latilla illustrates the importance of support, love, and understanding in forging paths to success and building stronger communities.

    • 54 min
    Rising Above: Carlos Barragan's Journey from Tagging to Triumph

    Rising Above: Carlos Barragan's Journey from Tagging to Triumph

    On this episode of the Freedom Writers Podcast, join Erin Gruwell and original Freedom Writer Carlos Barragan as they delve into Carlos' remarkable journey from the challenging streets of Long Beach to a life of purpose and success. In a candid conversation, Carlos opens up about his past as a graffiti artist known as 'Idol,' his struggle with family abandonment, and how his unique bond with Erin, akin to a mother-son relationship, helped him overcome life's adversities.

    This episode not only explores Carlos' transformation from being misunderstood and mislabeled in his youth to achieving financial and personal success but also highlights the power of resilience, unconditional support, and the strength of the human spirit. Listen in as Carlos' story unfolds, showcasing a journey of triumph over trials and the unbreakable bonds that can change a life forever.

    • 55 min
    From Caricature to Character with Melvin Logan

    From Caricature to Character with Melvin Logan

    In this episode, Erin Gruwell is joined by original Freedom Writer Melvin Logan to unfold a tale of change and growth. Discover how a single classroom note sparked a revolution in education, and follow Melvin's path from a troubled youth on the gang-riddled streets of 1990s Long Beach to a catalyst for change in classrooms across the globe. Now, as a proud husband, father, and speaker with the Freedom Writers Foundation, Melvin reflects on how a teacher's belief in his potential set the stage for a lifetime of advocacy and empowerment. We hope this episode leaves you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Stephanie M D ,

Inspiring

Every episode is a gold mine of not only inspiration, but also meaningful classroom content.

samuel louissaint ,

POWERFUL

I just watched the movie and now I want to read the book with everything going on now in 2020 this movie has opened my eyes a lot more now. We need more teachers like Ms. G, that actually believes in students and talks relates different things to students.

JesATeacher ,

Inspiring and Encouraging

It was the Freedom Writer’s Diary that inspired me to get back into urban education and day-to-day teaching five years ago. I took a detour of sorts that I needed that didn’t take me directly into an urbane classroom right away. But, after those five years, I am now working in an inner city middle school classroom. As I searched for podcasts to inspire and encourage, I came across Freedom Writers Foundation here. To hear the stories for the 20 year anniversary encourages me forward to stay in the trenches and continually dedicate my heart for my students. I take these podcasts on my walk/runs to help me forward in my calling. Thank you for the vulnerability and honesty coupled with the dedication and heart that makes you write forward with freedom in your pens because there is freedom in your hearts!

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