Freedom School

Launched in 2016, The Riverside Freedom School is committed to providing an excellent summer experience to the young scholars of our community at absolutely no cost to participants. Because of the generosity of Riverside community members, children have access to superb literacy and social justice curriculum for six weeks over the summer.

2022 Information

2022 Summer Program runs July 6 through August 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Riverside Church has committed to providing our families with a summer program experience to maintain our relationship with our young scholars and help to make summer 2022 a summer of learning. Our Education Ministry team will continue with the tradition of Harambe, literacy, and social justice curriculum each week through the month of July and into August to keep the spirit of Freedom School alive. For more information, please email Min. Richard X III.

The CDF Freedom Schools program incorporates the totality of CDF’s mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults (known as “scholars” in the CDF Freedom Schools program) to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, country, and world with hope, education and action.

The Riverside Freedom School

Riverside’s Freedom School offers scholars:

*Personalized academic coaching utilizing Children’s Defense Fund reading enrichment modules.
*Support and love from a host of inter-generational camp mentors.
*Two nutritious means and a snack every day.
*Daily fun afternoon activities promoting learning and physical activities like swimming, visiting the Liberty Science Center, the Rose Center for Earth & Space, The Schwartzman Library, The American Museum of Natural History, and more.

Freedom School curriculum is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and based on the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964, organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools (CDF) program was created in 1995 and has since served more than 135,000 scholars.

Based on a Philliber Research Associates evaluation of the Freedom School program, scholars who attend Freedom School programs score significantly higher on standardized reading achievement tests than children who attend other summer enrichment programs. African American middle school boys made the greatest gains of all.

Register for the 2022 Riverside Freedom School

The 2022 Freedom School Enrollment Form is Coming Soon – Please Check Back Soon!

2022 Riverside Freedom School Summer Program

2022 Riverside Freedom School is currently hiring for Site Coordinator and Seasonal Servant Leader positions.  Learn more and apply for either position by clicking here.

Breakfast & Lunch Volunteers

Join the Freedom School team as we provide a healthy breakfast and lunch to the Freedom School scholars.

Contact Lennith Santos-Santana to find out more about volunteering with the Riverside Freedom School.

Give to Riverside Freedom School

We are getting ready for an exciting summer filled with learning and fun for our scholars, and we need your help. You can find our Amazon wish list below that will help us make the program this year the best yet.

View Our Amazon Wish List

It is also possible to sponsor a class of scholars directly. If you are interested in finding out more, please email Min Richard X III.

Your support provides on-going resources that prepare our scholars for the summer.

– $100 buys 15 books for one classroom.
– $500 supports an afternoon activity for 60 scholars.
– $1,000 funds a field trip on a school bus to a museum.
– $3,000 funds 6-weeks of swimming at an Olympic-sized pool.
– $5,000 secures classroom supplies for the 6-week program.
– $5,000 funds healthy breakfasts and lunches for 60 scholars for six weeks.
– $10,000 funds travel expenses for 7 staffers to CDF Freedom School training.