CDF Alumni Network

The CDF Alumni Network serves as a purposeful community, propelling our organizational strategy forward via focused programs and collaborative initiatives. Comprising former staff, program participants, and volunteers of Children’s Defense Fund, our network is devoted to nurturing relationships that bolster our collective mission and values centered around child and youth well-being. With a commitment to progress, we’re united in advancing change that endures. 

CDF Alumni Network has three tenets:


Celebrating relationships and lived experience during your time at CDF and beyond


Networking with intention and creating strategic partnerships


Aligning efforts in emerging programming and policy work

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered alumni?

Any former staff member who has been employed by CDF at any time, regardless of tenure, with good standing. Any former program participant (including but not limited to CDF Freedom Schools®, CDF Beat the Odds Scholarship Program, YALT, Black Student Leadership Network, Black Community Crusade for Children, and more) who established a relationship with CDF through a program and remains in good standing. Any former volunteer who supported CDF programs and/or policy work and remains in good standing.

What is this network?

This is a network for intentional fellowship, connection, and collaboration. Our intentions around when, why, and how we come together are centered around the shared CDF mission and vision for the well-being of children and youth.

Why do we need a CDF Alumni Network?

Our commitment to the integration of power-building through leadership development and community organizing is to enhance CDF’s program strategy by integrating targeted organizing efforts like CDF alumni. We understand that to equip the next generation of advocates, we must collaborate with some of the best leaders this organization has known.

How can I get involved?

There are several ways to be involved as an alum. Serve on an advisory council with our state offices, national office, and/or the alumni network. Serve as a mentor for current young participants. Financially support the CDF mission and vision. Be an advocate and champion of CDF programs in your community.

What if I'm really busy?

There are ways to be involved even when you’re busy. Connect with us on socials and attend our annual meetings (virtually or in-person).