Success Stories


Lemar Ruffin

Your Past Doesn't Define Your Future

Four years ago, LeMar Ruffin had never heard of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program. But now, the CDF Freedom Schools concept has altered his life course; and implementing the program in juvenile justice facilities across the country is part of his mission. Read more

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Love at first Chant

Maria Estrada remembers having to argue with her two daughters when it came to reading. They would complain and get attitudes when she or their father would try to get them to pick up a book. So when Maria heard about the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools®, a summer enrichment program aimed at getting kids to enjoy reading, she thought it was perfect for her girls. Read more