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. Since 2007, the Freedom Fellowship has brought together more than 160 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.
The Freedom Fellowship is a six-month program which begins July 7, 2014 and runs until December 2014. Fellows participate in the Summer Leadership Institute from July 7-August 1, 2014 and continue from September to December with weekly action planning meetings and implementing a action project. 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.
Apply for the 2014 Freedom Fellowship
Youth interested in applying must submit an online application or mail in a handwritten application no later than Friday, April 25, 2014. School transcripts are not required. Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee, comprised of CFS staff, Youth Leadership Board, and alumni. After reviewing applications, the Selection Committee decides who will be invited for a formal interview. Notifications regarding acceptance into the Freedom Fellowship program will be sent by Friday, May 30, 2014. Please be advised you cannot save your work on the web form.
Please mail paper applications to Tony Alvarado Rivera at:
Chicago Freedom School 719 S. State Street Suite 3N, Chicago, IL 60605
Questions? Contact Tony at 312-435-1201, or click the link to your right to send 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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