"All the I'm sorry's, I wasn't able to say, all the hugs I will never again be able to give, all the guilt I everyday live. I remember Poppi's words so vividly, the ones he last said to me: "We didn't come here to cry, I love you, I'm gonna be ok."

- Shefinessedit, Solano

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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