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September 4, 2012
Nearly 300 more children participated in CDF-MN Freedom Schools this year with three additional sites participating in this summer literacy program that helps overcome summer learning loss. In total, 700 children were served in 2012 at nine metro locations.
Freedom Schools provide a research-based curriculum that boosts reading skills and academic achievement, generates positive attitudes for learning, provides civic engagement activities and connects children and their families to resources in their community. The Freedom School model includes training young adults from the local community to serve as teachers or “Servant Leaders” in the Freedom Schools, which serve “student scholars” primarily in the 6-to-13-age range. In preparation for the fall election, Freedom School students focused their civic engagement activities this summer on voter registration and non-partisan voter education.
Freedom Schools in Minnesota will continue to expand in 2013. Academia Cesar Chavez, a new site this summer and the first in Minnesota to serve the Latino community, received a 21st Century Community Learning grant which will enable it to provide Minnesota’s first year-round, afterschool Freedom School program. Planning and curriculum development are currently underway.