"We see ourselves as warriors but the battle we wage is against ourselves. We war against society, police, and our fel- low brothers and sisters, without even understanding the game. We walk, unknowingly, into impossible situations and expect to win. Some people don't want to see any other way. The alternate path might appear dif- ficult, but people don't realize that it can lead to an easier existence. Instead, they do the opposite, take the easy route and live a harder future."

- Noel, Alameda


The Beat Within's mission is to provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community. Outside of the juvenile justice system, The Beat Within partners with community organizations and individuals to bring resources to youth both inside and outside of detention. We are committed to being an effective bridge between youth who are locked up and the community that aims to support their progress towards a healthy, non-violent, and productive life.

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