Tanager Place has increased its efforts at prevention programming, targeting programs toward youth with unique challenges. Programs focused on prevention provide comprehensive support for youth and ensure they have the tools needed to overcome hurdles and achieve lifelong success. Started in the summer of 2021, CDF Freedom Schools in an integral program that provides students with opportunities to enhance their overall wellness.
About the Program
CDF Freedom Schools© is a six-week summer program designed to increase literacy, self-esteem, socio-emotional skills, and a love of learning for children in grades K-12. Through a research-based and multicultural program model, CDF Freedom Schools inspires participants, known as “scholars”, to believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, and their communities, with hope, education and action.
The CDF Freedom Schools program encourages scholars to embrace their cultural history and reinforces confidence in their abilities. Throughout the program, scholars will build their personal libraries, establish dedicated reading times, attend field trips, and become energized for learning through the morning rally (“Harambee”) which includes singing, cheers and chants.
CDF Freedom Schools are led by young-adult teachers and mentors known as Servent Leader Interns, who come from diverse backgrounds and help scholars envision themselves as future college students, advocates, and leaders.
History of the Program
CDF Freedom Schools is rooted in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, which provided a reading and humanities curriculum of English, art, creative writing, math and science to diverse students. The CDF Freedom Schools program has historically and continues to be a part of the Black Community Crusade for Children and aims to give all children the opportunity to engage with and enhance their education through the lens of literary characters who look like them and have walked through experiences similar to their own.
Freedom Schools was reborn in 1993 by Marian Wright Edelman and since 1995, more than 150,000 children (K–12) have had the CDF Freedom Schools experience. Over 17,000 young adults and advocates have been trained on the delivery of the CDF Freedom Schools model, which has expanded to 182 program sites nationwide. Tanager Place is proud to launch the first CDF Freedom Schools® program in Iowa in 2021.
Summer 2022 programming will run June 13th-July 22nd, Monday – Friday 8:30am-3pm at McKinley Middle School. Applications can be completed online below or by downloading a form and returning it to your school counselor or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are still currently accepting applications. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call Crystal Hall at 319-365-9165 x610.