CDF Freedom Schools

Beginning in summer 2016, Focus: HOPE partnered with the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) to launch the HOPE Village CDF Freedom Schools and promote the development of strong, literate, and empowered young people in Detroit’s HOPE Village. The full-day summer program lasts six weeks and features a multicultural literacy curriculum with the theme, “I can make a difference.”

Programming also includes:
  • Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math
  • Weekly field trips
  • Parent and family involvement
  • Civic engagement and social action
  • Intergenerational servant leadership development
  •  Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks 
Program Outcomes:
  • CDF Freedom Schools combat summer learning loss, a phenomenon that disproportionately affects low-income children. The majority of CDF Freedom Schools scholars maintain or increase their reading level during the summer, with an average increase of 9 months.
  • Love of reading
  • Positive attitudes about school
  • Self-esteem
  • Positive racial identity
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Parent engagement
Age Group:
  • Kindergarten – 2nd grade children
In 2016, we offered the program to 50 children, in 2017 we have plans to expand the program to 150 children. Help us reach that goal by donating today

Freedom School Students