New Ark Freedom School

Program starts on July 9, 2018 and ends on August 3, 2018

The New Ark Freedom School (NAF) was launched in 2014 as a partnership between the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools, Rutgers Graduate School Newark, the Office of University-Community Partnerships, the Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood and Newark Public Schools. Sited at Thirteenth Avenue/Dr. Martin Luther King School in Newark’s West Ward, the 4-week summer program provides a curriculum and activities designed to help curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps and to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. The program serves students entering grades 3-5 and provides CDF Freedom Schools five essential components: high-quality literacy enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; nutrition; and physical and mental health. NAF’s expanded partnerships include the Joseph C. Cornwall Center at Rutgers University-Newark, Newark Public Schools Summer Plus, Jumpstart, Afterschool All-Stars and Whole Foods Market. NAF a part of OUCP’s Summer Academy, a variety of out-of-school time learning opportunities for Greater Newark youth.

Community Partner

  • Express Newark