Join the Freedom Center this summer for an exciting, transformative learning and leading experience! June 19-August 3, we travel in the Bay Area and beyond with middle and high school students, engaging thousands of registered and unregistered voters in vigorous community dialogues on civic engagement and democracy, that will change lives!
About The Civic Engagement Pilgrimage:
The Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center carries out ongoing, year-round civic engagement education and recruitment. This summer, along with a sister educational center, the Institute for Community Leadership (located near Tacoma WA), we are producing a dynamic education and civic engagement project for the months of July and August. This is our 26th year of producing hard hitting, boot camp-like, traveling classes/civic engagement projects. This year we will travel throughout the Bay Area and beyond producing Civic Engagement Listening Circles! We are mobilizing middle and high school students, interns and staff. We will travel with an 18 foot truck, prepare our own meals, sleep on gym floors and in tents, spend time in forests and rivers, carry out press interviews, make public speeches and organize community based dialogue circles on how and why to engage in civics, and in DEMOCRACY!! This is a life changing experience.
To deploy a group of middle school, high school, and college students from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center to produce Civic Engagement Listening Circles in diverse communities of the Bay Area and beyond. Internally, the purpose is to provide classes and rigorous civic engagement experience to students that prepares them for ongoing civic engagement and community organizing, and develops within them a life-long commitment to public service and the further development of democracy.
Students receive daily classes in: U.S. constitutional history; civics and public policy; civil rights and the role of organization in gaining civil, human, and economic rights; leadership development; conduct change that permits individual integration into efforts to confront racism, poverty, and war. The classes provide the study. Organizing and carrying out Civic Engagement Listening Circles provide the direct experience.
Students will develop relationships with schools, work places, locally based community, civil rights, and other organizations with a focus on inter-generational and interracial diversity. Efforts will be made to work with both registered and unregistered voters, as well as those who are to young to vote, or for other reasons are not eligible to vote, but who can still have an active role in civic life and policy making.
Students will carry out daily civic engagement work which includes: organizing community forums; visiting school, church and work place groups; participating in community meetings; organizing elected officials, school personnel, and the media; press interviews with radio, TV, print, electronic and other news outlets; assisting in developing structures that will facilitate inter-generational, interracial civic and voter engagement efforts throughout the west coast.
Students will be required to:
- Keep a daily journal
- Actively participate in class
- Make public presentations
- Students will represent their schools and families at all times
- Develop understanding of the role of ethics, values, and civic engagement in education
- Ability to analyze and synthesize historical, political, economic and cultural work
- Develop teaching, presenting, and mentoring ability
- Improve public speaking skills
- Develop the ability to critically analyze race, indifference, and hatred
- Learn how to advocate for yourself and others
- Practice ethical leadership, citizenship and social responsibility
- Discover yourself and your life’s purpose
- Practice cultural empowerment
- Build meaningful lifelong relationships with people from other cultures, experiences, and nations
- Develop community organizing skills
- Certificate of Completion
- Letters of Recommendation
- Community service credit available on a per-high school basis, consult your counselor or faculty
- Complete the Freedom Center Application Form. You may complete it online and send it to our office.
- Our staff will schedule a visit with you to review class requirements and answer any questions you may have.
Please contact Maira Perez at 510-434-3988 for details on the Freedom Center’s residential summer program today!