CDF Freedom School at Wake Forest University


Are you a college aged student or recent graduate? Interested in Education, and Social Justice? Apply today to be a Freedom School Servant Leader Intern in Winston Salem from June 26- August 4. Applications are due by March 31, and leaders notified on April 8 Accepted Servant Leader Interns will be placed at one of the four sites in Winston Salem including: Wake Forest University, Kimberly Park Elementary, Anthony’s Plot, and East Forsyth Middle School. This position is funded through AmeriCorps Vista. Leaders will receive monthly income and an AmeriCorps Education award at the conclusion of the program. Apply now!


  • Deliver the Integrated Curriculum to a class of no more than 10 students from 6-8 weeks during the summer months, according to the standards developed by the Children’s Defense Fund and the local program sponsor.
  • Set up and break down his/her classroom space, including securing and organizing the appropriate materials.
  • Collaborate with staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the children entrusted to their care.
  • Serve as a Harambee! leader each day of program operation.
  • Serve as a leader of afternoon activities and other special events; chaperone field trips.
  • Must be available for June National Training and other sessions starting May 30th.


  • Must be between the age of 19-24 years of age, completed at least one year of college, and have plans to complete the college degree
  • Maintain or have graduated with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Solid commitment to children’s advocacy and enthusiasm for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program
  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team
  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures
  • Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas
  • Ability to think critically and analytically
  • Exhibit positive attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication to the character, humility, and servant leadership ethics of Ella Baker
  • Current Voter registration
  • Authorization for background check for criminal and child protective findings

For additional questions about the application or position, contact Dr. Dani Parker-Moore at parkerld@wfu.edu

Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School at Wake Forest University

The CDF Freedom Schools program seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. By providing summer and after-school reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools program plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps — and is a key part of CDF’s work to ensure a level playing field for all children. In partnership with local congregations, schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, and secure juvenile justice facilities the CDF Freedom Schools program boosts student motivation to read, generates more positive attitudes toward learning, increases self-esteem and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities. Since 1995, more than 137,000 preK-12 children have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience and more than 16,000 college students and young adult staff have been trained by CDF to deliver this empowering model.

The Anna Julia Cooper Center is excited to serve as a local sponsor for Freedom Schools this summer. The program will take place at Wake Forest University and will serve approximately 60 students from grades 3-5 that attend Cook Elementary School. The program will go from June 26- August 4 and run from 7:45 AM-4:00 PM.