Founded in 2007, the mission of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) is to create new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. CFS provides training and education opportunities for youth and adult allies to develop leadership skills through the lens of civic action and through the study of the history of social movements and their leaders. Our vision is in the spirit of the original freedom schools in Mississippi in the 1960s, with CFS serving as a catalyst for young people across Chicago to discover their own power to make change – not only for themselves, but also for their communities and the world.
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"What is the Chicago Freedom School?" developed by our Training Coordinator, Xavier MaatRa.
News & Special Events
Coordinator of Youth Programs, Tony Alvarado-Rivera talks about the Freedom Fellowship.
The Chicago Freedom School’s vision is to support Chicago youth to develop their own unique voice, power and ability to impact and effect social change in their lives and in their communities. The Freedom Fellowship was created to support this goal and is designed to build a cohort of driven young Chicagoans by providing workshops and trainings that help them develop leadership skills, analyze current issues, and learn strategies for positive social change.
2014 Freedom Fellowship Evaluation Team Highlights
We believe that young people should evaluate the programs in which they participate. So this summer, four CFS Alumni became part of the new Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) Evaluation Team. Their role was to design and implement the documentation and evaluation of the SLI to understand the Fellows' experience and assess the impact of the program. They put together this video to show the highlights.