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Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools
Servant Leader Intern Position Description


Job Description
Freedom School Servant Leader Interns work as paid summer camp counselors, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am until approximately 4:00 pm, with children in grades K-8. Interns help serve breakfast and lunch, lead a literacy rich curriculum during the morning and lead/chaperone field trips and activities in the afternoon. Attendance at several parent meetings during the summer, typically on weeknights, is expected. Interns also a weeklong training in Knoxville, TN before the beginning of Freedom School.

Responsibilities
• Set-up, maintain and breakdown classroom space
• Serve as energetic Harambee' leaders each day of local program operation.
• Deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum to a class of ten or more students for 6-7 weeks during the summer months, according to the standards developed by the Children's Defense Fund and the local program sponsor.
• Serve as leaders of afternoon activities and other special events; chaperone field trips.
• Maintain health and safety standards & accurate records relating to attendance and first aid
• Collaborate with the program staff to establish and maintain a positive, supportive and structured environment for the children entrusted to their care.

Qualifications
• At least 18 years old, enrolled in college and completed at least 1 year of undergraduate studies or recent college graduates who have previously served as Freedom School interns
• Solid commitment to children's advocacy & enthusiasm for the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools program
• Ability to motivate others
• Strong written and verbal skills
• Willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures
• Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas
• Exhibit positive behavior and attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor
• Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to the character and humility of servant leadership
• Current voter registration
• Satisfactory drug and background check for criminal and child protective findings

About Freedom Schools
Founded in 1995 by the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program is a direct service initiative which provides summer options for children while strengthening parent and community involvement in the year-round achievement of children.
Freedom Schools® serve children ages 5 to 18 for six-eight weeks and integrate reading, conflict resolution, and social action in an activity-based curriculum that promotes social, cultural, and historical awareness.

Built around the theme "I Can Make a Difference in Myself, My Family, My Community, My Country and My World with Hope, Action and Education," Freedom School provides a literacy-rich, culturally-inspiring curriculum in which children learn to love to read. Using African-American role models, community guests who share personal stories of making a difference, cooperative games, and activities for critical thinking, the children gain confidence and skills to strengthen their school-year performance. In the summer of 2009, there were 132 Freedom Schools programs across 61 cities and 24 states serving 9,200 children.


If interested please email resumes to Ashley Thurmond at thur0129@umn.edu Or Nina Roberson at rober803@umn.edu by Friday March 1st 2013

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