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CDF Freedom Schools® Program

 2025 New Ella Baker Trainer Application

For New Applicants

All applications must be received by close of business (5:00 pm EST) August 1, 2024. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for the 2025 service year. Applicants should review the Ella Baker Trainer position description and training requirements prior to completing the application.

Your Information

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School Information

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Please tell us about your past work experience
Start with your current or most recent employment.

You will be asked about your CDF Freedom Schools work experience later. Please do not include your CDF Freedom Schools work experience in this section.

CDF Freedom Schools Experience

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Workshop and Training Experience

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Applicants currently enrolled in school must submit an official transcript from their current college or university. Cumulative GPAs should reflect a 3.5 or higher.

Applicants with current employment must submit an employment verification letter from their employer. The letter should verify employment and include, at a minimum, the applicant’s position, start date, job responsibilities, and brief comments about overall job performance. This letter should also include the employer's support for participating in the Ella Baker Trainer service opportunity.

Applicants should describe their training/workshop facilitation experiences.

Writing Prompt 750-1000 Words: Servant leadership is a core value of the Ella Baker Trainer Team. We are interested in your understanding of servant leadership and its importance to our program and child advocacy work. Define servant leadership and explain why you believe it is a fundamental pillar of the CDF Freedom Schools model. Provide an example of how you embody servant leadership, and this translates into your philosophy/vision of child advocacy. Include a reflection on why you think servant leadership is crucial for effective child advocacy and social change.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation must be on company letterhead (if possible) and include writer’s contact information.

Letter of Recommendation that speaks to your most recent CDF Freedom Schools work experience. This letter should be completed by your CDF Freedom Schools supervisor (i.e. Site Coordinator, Project Director, or Executive Director). If you did not work for a CDF Freedom Schools program during the 2021, 2022, or 2023 summers, please provide an additional letter of recommendation that speaks to your academic, professional, or community involvement.

Letter of Recommendation that speaks to your professional and/or academic involvement.

Letter of Recommendation that speaks to your community involvement.
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Except as provided in this privacy policy, CDF does not share, sell, exchange or otherwise disclose any personal information with other unaffiliated organizations, nor do we share, sell or exchange lists of donors or other constituents with unaffiliated organizations. We may share some of your personal information with our affiliated organization the Children's Defense Fund Action Council. We may also disclose your information with our service providers; when required by law or to respond to legal process, law enforcement requests, or government inquiries; and to defend the rights, interests, safety, and security of us, our affiliates, constituents, or the public. We may disclose your information in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our assets to a third party, such as in connection with a merger or in the event of a bankruptcy reorganization or liquidation.

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