Reading is the key to unlocking a child’s unlimited potential.

Through the CDF Freedom Schools model, we empower our youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, and the world with hope, education, and action.

Rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, the CDF Freedom Schools program is a six-week summer literacy and cultural enrichment program that enhances children’s motivation to read and makes them feel good about learning. At the same time, the program connects families to the right resources in their communities.

Curriculum Foundation

Freedom School students engage in a research-based, multicultural Integrated Reading Curriculum that supports them and their families through five essential components:

  1. High-quality academic enrichment
  2. Parent and family development
  3. Civic engagement and social action
  4. Intergenerational servant leadership development
  5. Nutrition, health and mental health

More Essentials For Learning

Transportation will be provided by New Hanover County Schools. Students also receive two nutritious meals and a snack daily, as well as one book each week to build their home libraries.

We believe in an intergenerational leadership model. That’s why our program is staffed primarily by college students and recent college graduates, with at most a 10:1 child to adult ratio. As a result, many children and youth make significant gains in reading achievement and don’t experience any summer learning loss.

Be a part of bringing CIS CDF Freedom School to life!

Your gift of any size can make a difference! $50 could help us provide healthy snacks; $250 could help fund our scholars’ books; while a gift of $75,000 could sponsor next year’s program!

Please email Louise Hicks to discuss all available options, or make your secure donation here.

Needs include:

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Volunteer for morning Read Aloud sessions
Individually wrapped snacks, juice, and water for our scholars!
Monetary gifts for snacks, books and program needs

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Our Partners

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Donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to support the services we provide for local youth.

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Share your hobby, talents or interests with our students! Our programs need the support of caring adults to help keep students on the path to academic achievement.

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