Serve with Us
Each year, exceptional Servant Leader Interns are selected as Ella Baker Trainers (EBTs) to lead the Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institutes, provide technical support for new sites, and teach Servant Leader Interns how to deliver key program components.
Become an Ella Baker Trainer
Each year, exceptional Servant Leader Interns (SLIs) are selected as Ella Baker Trainers (EBTs) to lead the Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute, provide technical support for new sites, and teach SLIs to deliver key program components. EBTs can train in the CDF Freedom Schools® program officially for three years, but many commit a lifetime of service to their communities.
Interested in applying? Stay tuned for the 2024 Ella Baker Trainers program application!
For Ella’s Sake
Ella Josephine Baker was an integral leader in the Civil Rights Movement, organizing and mentoring hundreds of young people. Often a powerful behind-the-scenes advisor to close colleagues like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ella Baker believed in shared leadership and encouraged young people to find and lift their own voices. She understood the need for hard, daily, persistent work, and was an institution builder.Read More About Our History
Serve as an Ella Baker Trainer
Today, Children’s Defense Fund honors Ella’s legacy and her lessons through our Ella Baker Child Policy Institute, through which more than 15,000 college students and recent graduates have been trained by the Ella Baker Trainers to deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC) and to make learning fun for children.
EBTs can train in the CDF Freedom Schools program officially for 3 years, but many commit a lifetime of service to their communities. EBTs serve as pillars of the CDF Freedom Schools movement.
Take your service with the CDF Freedom Schools program and movement to the next level by becoming an Ella Baker Trainer.
If you’re interested in becoming a pillar of the CDF Freedom Schools movement, stay tuned for the 2024 Ella Baker Trainers program application.