What we do
We believe that a free democracy demands a challenging, relevant education that prepares all citizens to participate actively in society. Educational inequity in Mississippi undercuts our nation’s ideals of equal opportunity, leaving many Mississippians unwilling or unable to be constructive citizens. To address and help alleviate this inequality, the Freedom Project Network supports individual Freedom Project sites that provide educational enrichment, leadership development, and college preparation programming for youth in Mississippi. The mission of the Freedom Project Network is to strengthen, fund, and unite our current Freedom Project sites, serving the communities of Sunflower County, Meridian, and Rosedale, Mississippi.
Founded in 1998 by three Teach for America alumni, the Sunflower County Freedom Project grew and demonstrated remarkable results, gaining the attention and interest of a group of community leaders in Meridian, Mississippi who were searching for opportunities to support and challenge the youth in their city. In 2014, the Meridian Freedom Project opened its doors to middle and high school students from Meridian Public Schools and paved the way for the second expansion site, the Rosedale Freedom Project, founded in 2015.
Founded in 2016, the Freedom Project Network was formed to support the work being done at each Freedom Project site. The Freedom Project Network is committed to:
Building capacity for each Freedom Project site through coordinated fundraising and staff support.
Encouraging and facilitating cooperation among Freedom Project affiliates
Strengthening the network with deliberate, thoughtful, and community-supported expansion.