This summer is our EIGHTH YEAR of our Annual Summer Freedom Schools! In both Raleigh and Durham, we are hosting two week-long tracks for young freedom fighters. We are also taking up a unique opportunity to partner with the NC Environmental Justice Network to make Freedom School mobile through an intergenerational gathering in Eastern North Carolina!
Our political education program emphasizes the power of marginalized youth who are at the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and immigrant status. Through popular education workshops, teambuilding games, and discussions, we’re building the leadership skills, critical thinking, and political analysis of direct impacted youth. Students come from big cities and small towns in NC to be apart of a cohort fighting against environmental racism, the school to prison pipeline, Indigenous land reclamation, reproductive justice, homophobia, an end to school re-segregation and so much more. We rely heavily on youth, parents, educators, volunteers, and all changemakers in our community to shape a curriculum that reflect local and historical struggles.
Our program provides transportation support, breakfast and lunch, as well as a participant stipend to all youth who attend freedom school. We couldn’t continue to do so without the support of our community!
Your donation goes to helping youth enact change throughout their communities by eliminating as many barriers as possible to organizing.
Since last year, we’ve seen devastating political moves and amazing wins that felt almost impossible. In North Carolina alone, they’ve removed power from schools to keep trans students safe with HB2, rounded up migrant students in Durham County like Wildin Acosta, and given no restitution for students attacked by police in Wake County Schools, like Jasmine Darwin. Under the new era of Betsy Devos, more than ever, our goal is to build young people’s skills as leaders, resisters, and organizers. Will you join us?
You can learn more about our Freedom School program here and check out photos of our workshops, field trips, and actions we’ve taken to build youth power.