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  

I have attended trainings and programs put on the Chicago Freedom School and have learned so much about how to make meangingful social change. Through the Midwest Youth Organizer Training I was enaged in dialogue and given resources which allowed me to think about how I support youth with whom I work in doing work around specific social justice issues while simultaneously developing their own identities and community organizing skills. The training at CFS was critical to the success of I program I ran the following summer.

As I have been involved with CFS I have consistently been involved by the breadth of programs they have which address social justice issues- whether it is events commemorating Haiti or a film screening followed by a panel disucssion about adolescents growing up without sight, CFS works to educate and bring people together in a way that is inspirational and imapactful.

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

my professional work (please see review above) and also in my own identity. The way I think about the world, my place in it and the way I ally with others has been profoundly influenced by CFS.

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

Expand their programming and trainining. So many of us have so much to learn from the work of CFS

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Rating: 5 stars  

My connection with the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) began with me as an intern during my grad program. My experiences with the youth, staff, and volunteers reinforced that a positive, open, and intentional working environment is possible. CFS' self-awareness as a learning and growing organization is what makes it powerful. The staff modeled the roles of being effective adult allies to youth, which was crucial for me and consistent throughout my internship.

My experience as an intern in CFS continues to guide my growth as a social justice seeker.

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

challenging my skills as a presenter, developing my role as an adult ally, and feeling free to explore my passions without shame or regret.

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

suggest you awarding them, since it would directly affect CFS' programming, ability to reach more youth, and organizational growth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Chicago Freedom School (also lovingly known as CFS), is an organization of dedicated, and sincere youth & adult allies working towards social justice in Chicago communities. Utilizing popular education, sound, sustainable strategy, and historical exapmples of past social and economic justice movements, CFS creates a space where true collabration and collective work have the opportunity to bloom. As a result, CFS has developed solid programming for youth & adult learners to be and become rooted activists. Chicago is a better place because of this organization, and will continue to grow in a positive direction. I am honored to be a part of the this family. Thanks to everyone at CFS for all you do!

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

...myriad ways! CFS is a fine center for learning, and growth. Since moving to Chicago almost 3 years ago, I have been able to develop in my activism thanks to the encouragement from CFS youth, staff, and Board!

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

I would increase the number of staff so that the Chicago Freedom School has the capacity to engage more communities throughout Chicago.

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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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