Freedom Fellowship Application
The Chicago Freedom School’s (CFS) mission is to create new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world.
The Freedom Fellowship is a six-month program that brings you and 20 new friends from across the city to explore issues of injustice, gain skills in leadership and activism. You and a team will design and lead a group action project to make real change in your school or community related to one of the following issues:
Arts in Movements - Campaign issues may include: curating an art show, infusing art into an existing campaign, creating workshops fusing art and social movements.
Fair and Just Schools - Campaign issues may include: zero tolerance policies, homophobia in schools, school hiring practices and policies or the school-to-prison pipeline.
Healthy Communities - Campaign issues may include: community violence & healing, sexual/reproductive health issues or environmental justice issues.
Summer Leadership Institute (SLI): July 9 – August 3, 2018. Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
The SLI will consist of activism training, leadership skill-shares, wellness seminars, anti-oppression workshops, and community-building trainings. Freedom Fellows will also participate in an overnight "Healing Retreat".
Every Wednesday (July 11, 18, 25 and Aug 1) youth will participate in a policy and issue-based campaign training on one of three issue areas.
-Arts in Movements
-Fair and Just Schools
Please read carefully and indicate a preference in your application.
Individual Growth Plan One-on-One Meetings: September 2019
Weekly Action Planning Meetings: September –December 2018
Fellows are required to meet with their group action team (cohort) once a week in order to create and implement a Group Action Plan aimed at addressing an injustice in their issue area (Arts In Movements, Fair & Just Schools or Healthy Communities).
Monthly Leadership In Action Trainings: September-December 2018
In addition to weekly meetings, Fellows participate in monthly skill-building workshops to continue exploring social justice issues. Trainings will increase skills & knowledge in leadership, current issues, and movement building strategy. Dates are: September 15, October 20, November 17 & December 15.
Youth applicants must be ages 13 – 17. Students must be 8th grade graduates. (Youth are not required to be enrolled in high school.) Youth must be able to commit to all program components. Students in summer school are unable to participate in the fellowship.
Fellows must commit to six months of participation with the Chicago Freedom School.
Youth participating in the 2018 Freedom Fellowship will receive a $400 stipend for their participation. They will receive the first payment of $200 upon completion of the four-week Summer Leadership Institute and the second payment of $200 in December 2018 upon completion of the group action plan. Public transportation, breakfast, lunch and field-trip costs are provided by CFS.
Youth interested in applying must submit an online application or mail in a handwritten application by Friday, April 13, 2018. School transcripts are not necessary nor important to the application process. Applications will be reviewed by the Youth Leadership Board (YLB). After reviewing applications, the YLB decides who will be invited for a formal interview. Notifications regarding acceptance or non-acceptance into the Freedom Fellowship program will be sent by Friday, April 13, 2018.
Date of birth
Address Line 2
State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Neighborhood Name/Area You Live In (I.E. Englewood, Gage Park, Little Village)
Cell Phone Number
Secondary Phone Number
School (if applicable)
The Chicago Freedom School seeks a diverse group of people—youth who represent different ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, language skills, citizenship status, and socio-economic backgrounds. We ask for (but do not require) your demographic information to get a better understanding of who will be participating in our program.
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Race/Ethnicity (I.E. Black, Asian, Chinese, Mexican-American, Mixed-race)
Gender Identity (I.E. gender-non-conforming, male, femme, no answer)
Sexual Orientation (I.E. straight, queer, questioning, no answer)
Cognitive/Physical Disability (I.E. dyslexia, blind, ADD, epilepsy)
Free/Reduced Lunch at School
How did you hear about Chicago Freedom School's FREEDOM FELLOWSHIP?
ISSUE BASED CAMPAIGNS (COHORTS)
Please rank your cohort preference.
Please note, while we will work hard to place you in your first choice, we cannot guarantee your choice.
ARTS IN MOVEMENTS
FAIR AND JUST SCHOOLS
Please write 1 – 2 paragraphs in response to EACH question.
If you prefer ARTS IN MOVEMENTS respond to question 2A.
If you prefer FAIR AND JUST SCHOOLS respond to question 2B.
If you prefer HEALTHY COMMUNITIES respond to question 2C.
1. Why do you want to be involved in the Chicago Freedom School and the Freedom Fellowship?
2A. Describe a school or community issue that deeply affects you and your community. If you can infuse art (i.e. murals, poetry, dance, photography) to address the issue you care about, what would you (or have done) to contribute to the solution?
2B. Describe a SCHOOL issue that deeply affects you and your community. Why should this issue be addressed? What have you done OR could you do to contribute to the solution?
2C. Describe a COMMUNITY issue that is important to you and your community. Why should this issue be addressed? What have you done OR could you do to contribute to the solution?
3. What do you wish to gain/accomplish by being in the program?
4. Please feel free to add any other information you would like for us to know.
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