National Day of Social Action

"If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it.  You have an obligation to change it.  You just do it one step at a time."
- CDF President Marian Wright Edelman


Each year, thousands of children and teens from CDF Freedom Schools sites nationwide participate in CDF Freedom Schools® National Day of Social Action. The social action and civic engagement component of the CDF Freedom Schools model teaches youth to engage in community service and social justice advocacy.  Participants take part in a variety of actions including visiting and writing letters to elected officials, joining together for marches and rallies and public education activities.

Children learn to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they become more responsible members of their communities. Servant leader interns encourage the children not only to explore the problems facing their communities, but also to become active in working toward solutions.