Youth Enrichment, Empowerment, and Training Freedom Schools Project
The Youth Enrichment, Empowerment, and Training Freedom Schools Project aims to supplement the established Freedom Schools program with a proposal to make it year-long. The Freedom Schools program is a national summer program funded by the Children’s Defense funds that empowers young students and inspires them to make a difference in themselves, their family, community, country, and world through hope, education, and action. One of the Freedom Schools sites currently resides in Davidson, North Carolina at the Ada Jenkins Center over the summer. I am offering a supplemental proposal of change to the program to make it year-long that would occur once a week. This change would involve providing weekly tutoring and empowerment activities by former summer interns or students from Davidson College. Similar to the summer program, it would also provide informational, training sessions to the parents and guardians of the students. These sessions would be led by the director of the Freedom Schools Program and former summer interns who will discuss different ways to better their families such as tips for financial management, the need for civic engagement, and ways to better their child’s future. Overall, the Youth Enrichment, Empowerment, and Training Freedom Schools Project looks to attack the achievement gap found in public schools and offer additional help to foster young, prosperous students to become the leaders of the next generation.