CDF-Freedom Schools ®
The CDF Freedom Schools model supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment, parent/family involvement, social action/civic engagement, intergenerational leadership development, and physical/mental health; all of which mirror RFDC’s mission and goals. The model fosters supportive environments where children and young adults believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, schools, communities, nation, and world. Freedom Schools program sites are safe and nurturing learning spaces where children are valued and celebrated, where strengths and abilities are recognized and appreciated, where children are encouraged to set high expectations and develop self-discipline, where there is an abundance of enthusiasm for learning, where children learn to understand themselves and connect to their culture, and where parents and community members are engaged in the success of children and families. The Program boosts student motivation to read, generates a positive attitude towards learning, and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities.
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Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools ®
In 2014, RFDC became part of an elite group, we were selected to be a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools ® sponsors. Rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and youth’s efforts to make a difference, the CDF Freedom Schools ® model combats summer learning loss through a broad range of integrated activities. The model focuses on the importance of literacy, adult involvement, social skills, and service in the overall development of children. The models award-winning Integrated Reading Curriculum fosters an “I Can Make A Difference” attitude in both the children served and the young adults facilitating the curriculum. Since 2014 we have grown the program and now we serve nearly 700 students utilizing the Freedom Schools model over 6 weeks during the summer.