Peter Spencer Family Life Foundation
To offer educational and cultural programs that enhance the quality of life for families within our communities using the legacy and principles of Peter Spencer, which are:
To promote a community of prosperous, empowered and productive people using the principles of Peter Spencer to eradicate the disparities and inequities that exist, particularly in the African American Community.
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The program is a servant leadership incubator for the college students and recent graduates who are interested in serving and making a difference. Training, coordinated by the CDF Freedom Schools national office, prepares the young adults to provide an enriching experience for the children they serve. The Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute promotes principles of servant leadership by fostering an understanding of the connection between effective programs and public policy, and the importance of community development, political advocacy, and coalition building. The strong ethic of service is evident across generations, as community leaders support these servant leaders while they teach and mentor the younger children.
I wanted to thank you again for affording the children of my family (my dad's grands), and the community, another opportunity to participate in the Freedom School Program. As always, our children had an enriching summer experience, full of fun and learning. The daily affirmations are recited by them all, far beyond the summer months. They were all excited about returning to school - the oldest as a sophomore at the Charter School of Wilmington. The next as a freshman in high school at St. Elizabeth, and the twins are entering third grade.
The ACLU along with a team of other social justice organizations conducted teen focus groups to look at student discipline, how inequality in discipline contributes to the cradle to prison pipeline and how discipline can be done in better and more equitable ways. The High School scholars in the Freedom School participated in one of these groups. The adult leaders of the focus group were very impressed with the Freedom School scholars say they were very engaged, had great ideas for change and were the only ones that already knew what the cradle to prison pipeline is.
After attending the 2018 Freedom School, the parents of one the high school scholars reported that their daughter was more confident and began participating in the Black Achievers Program at the YMCA. Because of her enthusiastic work in this program the YMCA selected her to represent them at their conference in London, England in August of 2019 (with most of the cost paid for by the YMCA). Before she left for the conference she was able to share some of her experiences with her fellow scholars and they were able to share her excitement as she left for London at the end of the 2019 Freedom School.
I want to also thank you and all the other SLI instructors and staff for showing up each day and positively impacting the lives of our children, especially minorities. I'm so happy that Nylah and I were blessed enough to become a part of a community outreach program that has so much interest in education and has so much compassion for our community. I truly hope you all are aware of just how important you are to our kids and to this program. I'm happy that the PSFLF CDF Freedom School program and program Director, Mrs. Livingston decided to keep pushing positive energy, light, and education to keep the program going despite the pandemic and all the racial injustices happening around the world. Thank you for all that you do!!! You are greatly appreciated.
I would like to thank you and the staff of Freedom School for offering, implementing, and allowing Logan to be part of the program this summer. I truly believe it was a valuable experience for him and the other participants. Even though it had to be done virtually, your staff made it engaging and fun. It also prepared him for completing school virtually. Logan continues to say he would like to be an SLI one day. He and I both see the SLIs as positive role models who I can say definitely influence the scholars. Please know that I appreciate the work that was put into making the program work this summer, and we look forward to being able to participate in the future.
We will definitely talk about saving for an education and discuss banking when we deposit the scholarship check at the bank. It will be a wonderful surprise for him as he likes to receive mail. Once again, thanks everything.
Freedom School was such a blessing to me and Nilah. She is already asking about next year!
On behalf of the Huggins family, we thank you for the scholarship for Raphael which will go directly to his 529 college savings fund and the valuable lessons he gained this summer. It is so important for him, especially in light of what is going on in the country at this time. I look forward to hearing more of what Freedom School will be doing in the future.
We cannot imagine our summers without you and the Freedom School. It was our pleasure to be a part of it despite the challenges thrust upon is this year.
Thank you for the update and for providing a quality experience for Aaron, despite the challenges.
The kids truly enjoyed the program and so did we. Hopefully, we see you next summer.
Thank you for letting me know. I really appreciated the program especially when now the children have remote learning and it helped prepare them for it. She will definitely be a participant next year.
Our child really enjoyed freedom school this year and I feel you all did an awesome job in the virtual environment. She has a savings account which was started with the incentives and was very pleased to see that she’ll be able to add to that.
Thank you for another great summer even though it was virtual everyone made it work.
I forgot to tell you something. I loved this year of summer camp and I enjoyed it thanks you.
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