For the past decade, YOI’s Summer Freedom School has been a space for high school students who are passionate about changing the world to convene, share stories, and learn the skills necessary for creating the world we deserve. There will be art, workshops, dancing, talent shows, field trips, and so much more.

Freedom School focuses on the developing of this praxis: organizing skills, political analysis, restorative justice, and young people’s movement history. The multi-week program relies on the hard work of many volunteers, support from eager parents, and the participation, knowledge, and experience of youth. Our program covers topics from environmental racism to school to prison pipeline, sexism to homophobia, Indigenous land reclamation to reproductive justice and much more.

Our goal is that participants leave the program as co-conveners, co-designers, facilitators, and organizers of more spaces for youth strategy and liberation.

The 2019 dates are as follows:

Raleigh Freedom School: June 18 to June 28 (Tuesday to Friday)
Durham Freedom School: July 16 to July 28 (Tuesday to Friday)
Greensboro Freedom School: July 23 to August 2 (Tuesday to Friday)
Chapel Hill Freedom School: July 01 to July 11 (Monday to Thursday)

Freedom School tracks are 2 weeks long: 9am-4:30pm; Friday programming may run later.


Spots are limited.

Deadline: May 29th

If you’re 16+ and have been to Freedom School before, apply as a Freedom School intern. Deadline: May 22nd