Riverside Freedom School

2017 Freedom School dates: July 10-August 18

Launched in 2016, The Riverside Freedom School is committed to providing the following to all young scholars, at absolutely no cost to participants.  Because of your generosity, fifty children from neighborhoods surrounding Riverside attended for free, and a surplus was raised to support 2017’s class of Freedom School scholars.

Riverside’s Freedom School offers scholars:

*Personalized academic coaching utilizing Children’s Defense Fund reading enrichment modules.
*Support and love from a host of inter-generational camp mentors.
*Two nutritious meals and a snack every day.
*Daily fun afternoon activities promoting learning and physical activities.

2017 Volunteer Opportunities

Help Freedom School get moving this year by donating your time or much needed supplies. Take a moment to learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up today.

For more information about the Riverside Freedom School, contact Rev. Kevin Vandiver. You can also follow Riverside Freedom School on Facebook and Twitter.

About Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools

Freedom School curriculum is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and based on the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964, organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program was created in 1995 and has since served more than 135,000 scholars.

Based on a Philliber Research Associates evaluation of the Freedom School program, scholars who attend Freedom School programs score significantly higher on standardized reading achievement tests than children who attend other summer enrichment programs. African American middle school boys made the greatest gains of all.

Beyond Vietnam

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Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous Beyond Vietnam:  A Time to Break Silence sermon  in an evening with Michelle Alexander and Ruby Sales, voices of the past and future of the Civil Rights Movement.  Written by Dr. Vinecent Harding, and delivered at The Riverside Church exactly one year to the day before Dr. King's assassination, Beyond Vietnam is a moral agenda for America to address issues of racial justice, poverty, and war.  Dr. King and Harding's prophetic and prescient words are as urgently needed today as when they were first delivered.  The evening is co-hosted by The Riverside Church, Iliff School of Theology, Veterans of Hope and Union Theological Seminary.