CHICAGO FREEDOM SCHOOL

Rating: 4.85 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 719 S State St Ste 3N Chicago IL 60605 USA

Mission: The mission of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) is to create new generations of independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. Our vision is in the spirit of the original freedom schools in Mississippi in the 1960s, with CFS serving as a catalyst for young people across Chicago to discover their own power to make change – not only for themselves, but also for their communities and the world.
Results: All of our organizational resources are allocated to support the leadership development of marginalized young people. Over 90% of Freedom Fellowship participants and alumni at the Chicago Freedom School are from low-income neighborhoods and 100% of them identify as people of color. Adult allies trained at CFS include professional youth organizers, public and private school educators, program directors at houses of workshop, and social service providers.
Programs: CFS provides training and education opportunities for youth and adult allies to develop leadership skills through the lens of civic action and through the study of the history of social movements and their leaders.
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Chicago Freedom School is a space unlike any I've come in contact with. The work the young people of the various Chicago communities do are vital to social justice in this city. I've seen first hand transformations in the young people and adult allies alike.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am always most impressed with the hard work every individual who is invovled, from the young people to the board members to the volunteers, give throughout the year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The best part about CFS is how the organization is constantly striving to create more meaningful change and creating strong partnerships to further the work. All people invovled in this organization are constantly trying to come up with new ideas to keep things moving.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started as a volunteer with the Chicago Freedom School and became a donor and board member because CFS is one of the few organizations where youth and adults can authentically collaborate for social change. Each time I walk into the Freedom School, youth and adults are engaged in dialogue--learning from one another, strengthening relationships, and gaining new skills. Young people keep coming back because their ideas are respected, and they have support to take action on those ideas.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning a lot from the Communiversity classes and seeing young people take thoughtful action for community change.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them grow so they can reach more young people!

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Rating: 4 stars  

Chicago Freedom School provides youth with the tools to create social change. It remains true to the legacy of the freedom schools founded during the civil rights movement. At the same time, it is committed to implementing evaluation standards to continually improve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've worked with youth at other nonprofits who have participated in CFS programming, and I've been extremely impressed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make some improvements with communicating with volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Chicago Freedom School plays a crucial role in Chicago in supporting youth-led and intergenerational social change work. The Freedom School provides professional development trainings for youth workers, leadership opportunities for young people, and educational opportunities for anyone interested in positioning their work within an historical context of social justice efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Freedom School has supported the work of the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women, which I co-founded; I also participate in the Chicago Alliance for Racial Equity, which provides space for white people to engage in anti-racist work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing!

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Rating: 4 stars  

The work that the Chicago Freedom School is doing is of extreme importance and urgency. Helping youth to develop the skills to become active and questioning members of society is a task that few are willing to do. The training sessions that CFS offers are trainings that I feel are integral to a more well rounded and ongoing education (in people of all ages). I hope that the Chicago Freedom School is able to thrive and expand, as it is a much needed organization; not only in Chicago, but really everywhere in this nation (and world).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended a few film screenings here and also engaged with some of the youth on a project.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to help the organization increase operational capacity to better serve their constituents.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Freedom school provides incredible services to youth in Chicago. They're providing a base for movements of the future to thrive and grow. That, and they take really good care of the folks that work with them, ensuring everyone is well recognized and supported.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing an amazing growth in the capacity of youth leaders

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any!

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