As 2012 comes to a close, we are taking a moment to reflect on the past year. This has been a year of much transition and change for CFS, but also incredible opportunity. We have had the opportunity to welcome two new staff members, four new board members, and have engaged in a strategic planning process. We could not be more excited about what 2013 holds for our organization.
We wish you peace and justice for the holidays and in 2013.
In 2012, the Chicago Freedom School:
• Received the Ron Sable Award for Activism from the Crossroads Fund.
• Trained 21 people from all over the country through "Rev Up!" our 4-day professional development workshop for adults who work with youth.
• Created a promotional video highlighting the work and historical legacy of the Chicago Freedom School. View the video here!
• Had our Youth Leadership Board plan and execute the hiring of all summer staff and Freedom Fellows.
• Saw over 78% of the 2012 Freedom Fellows successfully complete the program.
• Participated in a case study of youth organizing in Chicago as part of the Cricket Island Foundation cohort. Read the monograph here.
• Facilitated professional development trainings for staff members at Street Level Youth Media, Central States SER, Farragut Career Academy, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, and Holy Covenant United Methodist Church.
• Participated in the "ReBuild the Dream Village" at Prince's "Welcome 2 Chicago" Tour.
• Hosted the South African Consul General to Chicago with CFS's Youth Leadership Board to discuss strategies for effective youth-led social change.
• Hosted our most successful Moments of Justice annual benefit to date. Over 130 people attended and we raised over $12,000.
• Assisted Freedom Fellows in the Healthy Communities cohort in successfully planning and holding a "Better Food, Brighter Moods" Day of Action in Englewood.
• Supported Freedom Fellows from the Fair and Just Schools cohort plan a "School-to-Prison Pipeline" Works
hop for students in Chicago Public Schools.