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Freedom School Seeking Teen Board Members

Published Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Shalom Park Freedom School Teen is once again pleased to accept applications (rising 10th-12th graders) for its Teen Board, which will serve the 2018 summer program at Shalom Park.

What is Freedom School?

Summer reading loss is the foremost contributor to the achievement gap for low-income children, leading to what the Children’s Defense Fund calls the “cradle to prison pipeline.”

● Nationally, low-income children typically lose two to three months in reading level every summer, making them less likely to graduate high school as these losses become cumulative.

● Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools have a 90% success rate for preventing summer reading loss, with 65% of children gaining one or more levels of reading comprehension after just one summer. Freedom Schools address these issues. The vision for the Shalom Park Freedom School (SPFS) is to engage in tikkun olam by fulfilling the highest level of Jewish charity: helping 80 children in our community become self-sufficient through closing this achievement gap with a six-week literacy based summer program. These 80 scholars are selected from Huntingtowne Farms and Sterling, the elementary schools in faith-based partnerships with Temple Israel and Temple Beth El.

Why be a part of the Shalom Park Freedom School Teen Board?

● Great experience working with a diverse group of scholars, college interns and professionals in the area.

● To be with some of the most proactive, solution-oriented teens from all over Charlotte.

● To serve on an actual non-profit board and develop an understanding of what that means and the responsibilities.

● To get hands-on experience working in a dynamic education setting.

● Explore Charlotte through field trips, guest speakers, and community-wide events

● Be a part of the pilot program for the Freedom School Teen Leadership Program

● Successfully complete 80 hours of community service activity at beautiful Shalom Park.

● Work hard, be valued and supported, and form life-changing relationships with Charlotte students.

● Get fabulous experiences that make super college admissions and scholarship essays.

● Free Shirt!

● Harambe!!!

What is the commitment?

Teen Board members will commit to work as school assistants for at least two consecutive weeks between June 18- July 27th, 2018. Hours will be from 8:15am-3:15pm (some days until 4:15pm) five days a week. Opportunities will include working in classrooms, accompanying teachers and students on field trips, planning activities for the classroom, securing and delivering supplies, and other assistance as needed. A swim test and swimming with scholars will be required. Additionally, fundraising will be a component: a movie night and raising funds for the "Challah for Scholars", a program for providing the scholars withChallah each week during the summer. Teen board members will commit to attend two instructional meetings. One in April 15th and the second meeting will be held June 14th "Welcome to Freedom School" lunch and swim test.

Next Steps:


Application can be found at

If you have any questions regarding the Teen Board, please reach out to Camille Kanofsky or Betsy Olinger at

For questions regarding the Young Teen Experiences, please contact Kathy Warshaw

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