Freedom Fellowship

"I had to dig deep within myself to really start understanding all of the injustices in the world. Having made friends at CFS who I feel will be around for life, made everything a plus. These people are like your family."  -2014 Freedom Fellow

Create a world you never thought possible.

The Freedom Fellowship provides opportunities for young people of color ages 14-17 from across Chicago to develop their unique voice, power and skills to create social change in their lives, schools and communities. Fellows engage in deep learning about the history of social movements, analyze current community issues, and build skills in leadership and community organizing. Then they use all that they learned to design and implement campaigns to create real change in schools and communities. 

The Freedom Fellowship begins with the four-week Summer Leadership Institute in July. Then, from August to December, Fellows meet weekly after school and once a month on Saturdays to design and implement a collective action project.  Fellows receive a stipend after successfully completing the program.  CTA passes and meals are provided.

Since 2007, 215 young people from across Chicago have gained knowledge of social justice history, community organizing skills, and strong networks to build movements for change in their communities. Freedom Fellowship Alumni continue to be engaged in organizing and 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.

The 2015 Freedom Fellowship runs from July 6 to December 19, 2015.

Questions? Contact Tony at 312-435-1201, or click the link to your right to send an e-mail. 

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