On December 2nd, 2010, CDF-California hosted its 20th Annual Beat the Odds awards ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel to honor five extraordinary high school students who have overcome tremendous life obstacles including poverty, homelessness, abuse and neglect by adults. Each of this year’s honorees were awarded with a $10,000 college scholarship and a laptop computer.
Freedom School Partners is dedicated to serving at-risk students and families living in poverty in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their mission is to engage, educate and empower children to succeed in school and in life through quality, year-round educational enrichment programs. They work with community partners, offering after school programs during the school year as well as Children Defense Fund's Freedom Schools® programs in the summer, to improve academic achievement, reduce dropout rates, and inspire the love of reading.