Out of School Support
Rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, the CDF Freedom Schools program is designed to serve children and youth in grades K–12 in communities where quality academic enrichment programming is limited, too expensive, or non-existent. The CDF Freedom Schools program enhances children’s motivation to read and makes them feel good about learning. At the same time, HYPE connects families to the right resources in their communities. HYPE’s literacy-based Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools model includes strength-based approaches and Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) for ensuring that programming is trauma-informed, inclusive and specifically focused on youth with social and economic disadvantages. This research-informed framework provides an optimal summer learning environment during the months of June and July as well as during the school-year. Upon completion of the summer program, all scholars are eligible to continue receiving support services, which include literacy-based learning experiences, support groups, community service, mental health counseling, parent engagement, and referrals to community resources.
Our program is more than just a summer experience; it’s a lifetime commitment to the movement of social justice.