Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School
In partnership with the First Corinthian Baptist Church, Metro-Manhattan (NY) Chapter Links worked to establish in the Harlem community a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School Program. This is a nationally recognized program develop by the Childrenâ€™s Defense Fund that provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children improve their reading skills, enhance their self-esteem, and foster positive attitudes towards learning. A model curriculum is used to support children and their families which has a focus on the following five components: academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health, and mental health.
A six-week program is provided that includes an application process and mandatory parent involvement for children ages 5 to 18 to be eligible for the program. Our overall goal is to address the problem of African-American youth in the Harlem, New York community students at risk of not completing high school. As enhancements to the model curriculum, field trips and guest speaker series have been provided by members of the Metro-Manhattan (NY) Chapter Links, which have included environmental awareness, college readiness, and the arts.
Additionally, this program has been integrated with the Young Achievers Programs as graduates from the Young Achievers Program have been recruited as student instructors for the summer program. The Young Achievers Alumni provides not only positive role models for the Freedom School participants, but also real world examples of members of their community excelling in higher education and supporting their community.
Updates from Umbrella Programs
Last week, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School and co-sponsor the Metro-Manhattan Links partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to host a day of “Understanding Cultures Through Art” for 57 of the school’s student-scholars and chaperons… 7/31/14 Read More