2020 WA-BLOC CDF Freedom Schools
Dear Change Maker,

WA-BLOC (Washington Building Leaders of Change) is a non-profit organization rooted in South Seattle committed to building Black and Brown Excellence in the education system to transform our communities. Founded in 2016, WA-BLOC programming is designed to build strong, literate, and empowered scholars prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world. WA-BLOC partners with local public schools (primarily Rainier Beach High School and Emerson Elementary School), community partners, and most importantly, our students and families, to create a collective vision for equitable education that is culturally responsive, trauma-informed and restorative.

WA-BLOC has been selected as a sponsor organization for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program this summer. The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer school enrichment that helps youth fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, mobilizes their community for social action, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.

From July 8th-August 16th, WA-BLOC will provide a FREE 6-week high-impact summer program for 100 youth ranging from K-5 and 9-10 grade, serving the Rainier Beach community. Through this program we build literate, motivated, empowered leaders of change. With a 10:1 student to teacher ratio, our scholars will experience a program ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in life. Nationally, over 70,000 children have matriculated through the program with nearly all of the children’s parents testifying to an improvement in their child’s scholastic achievement the following school year. Locally, Rainier Beach scholars grew an average of 20 months in reading levels last summer. In 2015, scholars led a successful transit justice campaign to challenge the current walk-zone policy, ultimately leading to creation of the Youth ORCA program through which 15,000 free, year round ORCA cards have been distributed to middle and high school students. We are excited to invite you to join us in the movement for community change through providing high quality summer learning opportunities and intergenerational leadership development.

To be considered for this position, we ask that you submit a cover letter, current resume, two professional references, and complete the following Servant Leader Educator Application form--which includes multiple short answer questions.

The deadline for submission is: FRIDAY, February 28th by 5PM. Interviews will be scheduled for March 26th at 4:00pm and March 27th at 4:00pm

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Makaelah Smith at makaelah@wa-bloc.org, Shelby Jones at szjones@seattleschools.org, or Thea White at theawhite01@gmail.com.

In Solidarity,
WA-BLOC team

WA-BLOC CDF Freedom Schools
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