“The higher you build your barriers….the taller I become. The farther you take my rights away…the faster I will run.”
At Park Avenue Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program, we tell our scholars that they have “something inside so strong” that they can succeed no matter what their life circumstances. As a result, they make radical transformations, not just during the summer but throughout the school year.
Our scholars not only develop a love of learning, they learn to love themselves! They learn about social justice, the importance of using their voice to speak up for themselves and for others in a positive, productive way, and they learn that there is nothing that they can’t do once they put their mind to it. They just need to believe in themselves as much as we believe in them!
The Freedom Schools Program doesn’t just benefit our scholars. Our parents are engaged in weekly Family Nights where we have dinner together. After dinner, the children move to another space and are engaged in fun activities while the parents have meaningful and informative discussions around a variety of topics that help support them as they navigate the challenges of raising children in our country today.
Park Avenue Freedom School seeks to be a small part of the Village that supports our families as they raise happy, healthy, compassionate, productive members of our communities!