Before joining the Freedom Project, students and parents must sign a Commitment to LEAD in which they pledge to uphold the four LEAD principles that underlie all Freedom Project activities. These principles apply to the organization’s staff and leadership as well. 


We build long-term, caring relationships with our students because we believe that they are valuable human beings with tremendous potential who deserve the same educational opportunities as any other children in America.


We challenge students with rigorous academic activities because we believe that they can achieve at high levels and that genuine academic achievement will open opportunities for them in the future. 


We encourage students to act to make the world a better place because we believe that individual achievement without social responsibility can undermine communities and is a tragic waste of potential. 


We emphasize personal responsibility and self-discipline because we believe that developing strong character is the highest achievement.