2013 Freedom Fellows (Photos courtesy of Sarah Jane Rhee of http://www.loveandstrugglephotos.com)
The Chicago Freedom School’s vision is to support youth development and activism; specifically to provide deep engagement with Chicago youth of color who may not otherwise have opportunities 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 people by providing workshops and trainings that help them develop leadership skills, analyze current issues, and learn strategies for positive social change. For the past six years, this comprehensive experience has brought together more than 150 youth from across Chicago to work together to exchange ideas, grow as leaders and develop action plans to improve their communities.
Freedom Fellows have continued to be engaged in organizing and/or policy campaigns to address issues such as criminal justice system reform, affordable housing, school reform, DREAM Act, zero-tolerance policies, food justice, gender representation in media, among others.
Youth accepted to the Freedom Fellowship receive a stipend after successfully completing the program. Public transportation costs are provided to and from the Chicago Freedom School. Meals and snacks are provided.
In 2013, 19 youth ages 14-17 were selected as Freedom Fellows. The Freedom Fellowship was held July 8 – August 2, 2013 at our location on 719 S. State Street, Suite 3N. For more information on what the Fellows are up to now, check out our Youth-led Campaigns & Youth Leadership Board.
Stay tuned for information on the 2014 Freedom Fellowship application process!
Questions? Please contact Tony Alvarado-Rivera at 312-435-1201, or by clicking the link to your right to send Tony an e-mail.
Check out our audio slide show from the 2013 Summer Leadership Institute below:
(Click "Start Prezi." Then click the "Autoplay" button on the bottom righthand side and select "4 seconds.")
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