Freedom Schools are summer and after-school enrichment programs that help children find joy in reading, increase their self-esteem and have positive attitudes toward learning. Over 90,000 children nationwide have had a Freedom School experience since its founding by Marian Wright-Edelman (head of Children’s Defense Fund) in 1995. The program uses a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development and nutritional and mental health. The concept has been replicated in two areas of North Charleston – Metanoia and Carolina Youth Development Center — with great success. Studies have shown that students who do not read during the summer months lose as much as one-third of their previous grade level’s learning. The Freedom School is an attempt to lessen the impact that the summer months have on youth who may have few opportunities for educational activities in those months. The program also involves students from colleges and universities in the area, as Servant Leader Interns who gain experience in the field of education and also help serve their community. For information on how you can get involved with one of the area’s Freedom Schools, visit www.cydc.org or www.pushingforward.org.
January 27, 2021CCF now accepting applications for the Facebook Grant for Sustaining Black Communities in Tri-County region
Coastal Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Facebook Grant for Sustaining Black Communities, which will provide funding for…Continue Reading CCF now accepting applications for the Facebook Grant for Sustaining Black Communities in Tri-County region
January 19, 2021Public Schools of Innovation: what they are, what they’re not, and how they can promote equity in SC education
With access to high-quality education and opportunities, children will have the ability to change the trajectory of their lives and their families’ lives for generations to come. One concept we’re strongly supporting to bring immediate solutions to communities that are most in need is the expansion of Public Schools of Innovation in school districts across the state.Continue Reading Public Schools of Innovation: what they are, what they’re not, and how they can promote equity in SC education