The Ella Baker Training Program

The Ella Baker Training Program2022-08-09T10:55:43-05:00

Become a pillar of the CDF Freedom Schools Movement

Help build the next generation of child advocates and community leaders as they embark on their journeys with the CDF Freedom Schools program. Join the diverse cohort of adults dedicated to training the program staff who work in CDF Freedom Schools sites across the nation and serving as a representative of the Children’s Defense Fund’s mission to Leave No Child Behind® in your community!


Check back June 2023 for the 2024 application.

Ella Baker Training Program Overview

If you’d like to get in touch with an Ella Baker Trainer, please reach out to our Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development, Shaquite Pegues.

Why Ella Baker?

Ella Baker

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 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.

Today, CDF honors her legacy and her lessons through CDF’s Ella Baker Child Policy Institute at the former Alex Haley Farm, where over 15,000 college students and recent graduates have been trained by the Ella Baker Trainers to deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum and to make learning fun for children.

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