The purpose of Freedom Summer is to expand our students' concepts of what it means to be a leader and a motivated student. We push our students academically, socially, and physically. Freedom Summer is difficult, hot, and life-changing.
For most of our students, Freedom Summer is their entry point into the Freedom Project and their introduction to the fellowship. Programming includes five weeks of intensive academic instruction in reading, math and rhetoric for our 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. Freedom Fellows spend each afternoon in art class, in the Freedom Garden, and working out during fitness programming. We end our summer with two camping trips to civil rights sites and one week spent on the campus of the University of Mississippi in a college-immersion experience.