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."  -Freedom Fellow

Create a world you never thought possible.

Are you a young person of color age 14-17 from Chicago? Are you passionate about making change in your school or community? Do you want to develop your voice, power and skills to address injustice?

Apply to be a Freedom Fellow!

During the Fellowship, fellows....

  • Learn about the history of social movements
  • Talk about current issues like racism, access to healthy food, school to prison pipeline, sexism, heterosexism, violence and peacemaking, climate change, and more
  • Develop leadership and community organizing skills
  • Design and lead action to make change in schools and communities
  • Go on an overnight Healing Retreat
  • Make friends and have fun!


The Fellowship is a 6-month program than runs from July 11-December 17, 2016. It includes:

  1. Summer Leadership Institute: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, July 11 through August 5, 2016. 
  2. Weekly after school meetings from late August to mid December (when you do your group action project)
  3. Fall Leadership in Action workshops once a month on Saturdays from 10am-4pm:  August 27,  September 17, October 15, November 15, and December 17

Fellows receive a stipend after successfully completing the program.

CTA passes and meals are provided.


Applications will be available March 7th. Due May 1st.


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 organize and lead 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.

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

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