This summer, more than 100 children in south Houston are attending HYPE Freedom School, a program designed by the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' model aimed at combating "summer slide" and accelerating academic achievement. Engaging literacy-based activities are centered on five essential components: high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, inter-generational leadership development, and nutrition, health and mental health.
"At HYPE, scholars are able to gain an appreciation and love for learning so they can return to school prepared and motivated to always do their best," says Brandi Brown, executive director for HYPE Freedom School, Inc. According to the Children's Defense Fund National Assessment, children who participated in the 2015 HYPE program improved their reading level by an average of seven months during the six-week period. We are proud to provide financial support to HYPE Freedom School, Inc., to ensure that children have access to high-quality summer learning programs that are centered on strong reading skill-building. Learn more about HYPE Freedom School, Inc.