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Register Scholars!

So Much More Than A Summer Camp!

“Freedom Schools is what?”


The Heart of the City CDF Freedom Schools™ program for 2018 will weilcome 80 K-5 scholars from June 18-July 27 for a 6-week program centered on literacy and utilizing an integrated reading curriculum with the theme “I Can Make a Difference.” The scholars also learn about civic engagement, social action and responsibility, and experience fun enrichment activities.

Broad Street United Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church are the host sites. Each site will provide space for 40 scholars. Students who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible for the program. Registration deadline is May 25, 2018.

The CDF Freedom Schools™ model engages scholars and the college-age Servant Leaader Interns who staff the program to make a difference in themselves, their families, their community, and the world. We expect our teachers, parents, children, and staff to set high expectations for themselves and to become equipped to excel through the challenges of personal growth and transformation.

The CDF Freedom Schools™ program is a rebirth of the schools of the Freedom Summer Project of 1964, freedom school - sanctuary - dosa
in which college students from all over the country were trained at Shaw University and Miami of Ohio to staff summer schools for children in the South. Each June, college-aged servant leader interns from program sites all over the United States are trained at the Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute at the historic CDF Haley Farm. They learn and are coached to support Scholars over the course of the 6-week program in developing their literacy skills and build awareness of challenges facing their communities.

Evaluation shows the CDF Freedom Schools™ model is an exciting and promising practice that yields positive outcomes for children. The Center for Adolescent Literacies at UNC Charlotte conducted an evaluation of the Freedom School Partners’ Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® programs during the summers 2010-2013 to determine the program’s impact on the reading ability of students served by Freedom School Partners in Charlotte, North Carolina. This evaluation builds on a pilot evaluation study led by the Center during the summer of 2009.

We are excited to engage in supporting the development and molding of our world’s most valuable citizens–our youth!



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