Urban Impact Freedom Schools at Rainier Avenue Church is a six week high impact literacy-based, summer learning program for 60 scholars in grades K-5th. Through this culturally rich, community empowerment model, Rainier Avenue Church hub partners with families and communities to break the cycle of social, material and spiritual poverty by creating a pathway to a high-quality education, equipping children and youth with a knowledge of and appreciation for their cultural histories, inspiring a deep awareness of God, and increasing their love for literacy and learning.
Rainier Avenue Church has been providing excellent summer programming in the neighborhood for over 20 years. We have adopted the CDF Freedom Schools® model, a curriculum inspired by the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, and 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® model plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps – and is a key part of Rainier Avenue Church and Urban Impact’s work to ensure a level playing field for all children.