The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program provides summer enrichment through a research-based and multicultural curriculum that supports children and families through five essential components: high quality academic and character-building enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. The CDF Freedom Schools program incorporates the totality of CDF’s mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, country, and world with hope, education and action. High-quality academic enrichment is provided in Freedom Schools’ Integrated Reading Curriculum, which melds together culturally relevant literature and critical thinking through engaging lesson plans and hands-on activities. Parents and families participate in weekly workshops focused upon furthering both the educational and social development of their children. Throughout the program, Scholars (children enrolled in Freedom Schools) participate in community service and advocate for social justice in their community, which culminates in a project for the National Day of Social Action. In addition to offering a service for children in the community, the program provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers enrolled in Baylor School of Education to work as Servant Leader Interns (SLIs) and serve children from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
For more information about Baylor Freedom Schools, visit the Baylor School of Education website https://www.baylor.edu/soe/index.php?id=941828 and http://blogs.baylor.edu/freedomschools/ or contact Dr. Lakia Scott via email at Lakia_Scott@baylor.edu or via phone at 254-710-6379.