CDF-NY Freedom Schools® Program

The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program is modeled after the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964, a major political action program in which volunteers and community members worked together to secure basic democratic rights for Mississippi's Black citizens. Volunteers taught Black students during the summer with a curriculum that promoted equality, self discovery, social justice and community activism. That project inspired youth from around the country to become involved in their own communities. In New York, many Puerto Rican and other Latino youth have become active in improving their communities on the Lower East Side, El Barrio and the South Bronx..

CDF Freedom Schools began in 1992, and , more than 137,000 preK-12 children have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience and more than 16,000 college students and young adult staff have been trained by CDF to deliver this empowering model since 1995.In summer 2016, CDF Freedom Schools sponsor partners in 186 sites served over 12,500 children at 186 program sites in 98 cities and 30 states including Washington, D.C..

Enroll Your Child

This summer CDF Freedom Schools program will served 475 scholars in New York at six program sites. 55 servant leader interns delivered an engaging curriculum to CDF Freedom Schools scholars in New York to promote reading and positive attitudes toward learning.

Your child could be one of the over 137,000 children across the country who have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience since 1995. Enroll your child in the CDF Freedom Schools program today

Find CDF Freedom Schools program sites in New York.


For more information about the
CDF Freedom Schools program in New York,
please contact:

Korla C. Collins  

Korla Collins
Beat the Odds program coordinator

(212) 697-1683 x 204