Intern Matching Drive
Hi folks, Nancy here! As you know, I have been a part of the Free School for years (ok MANY years) and I am urging you to help me make a difference. I am asking people to help the Intern Program, a unique residential training program that allows individuals to join the school's staff and learn in a hands-on way the integral elements of radical education that the Free School has helped to pioneer in education today. Former interns have started their own schools, become teachers, work in not-for profits, and presently make up 2/3's of the Free School's teaching staff! Every year, we have more than 50 interested candidates for internships, yet the program itself has faced difficulties in the past year since its origins more than 10 years ago due to funding challenges. That's where we come in...The annual grant that supported the program, the funding base that offset the costs of the residential space, food, and resources for interns so they could engage free of personal cost in learning and teaching at our school ended last year due to the economy. As a result, the school has had to shrink the program to include only 2 instead of its usual 4 interns annually and the funds draw directly from the school's already strained and small operating budget. To keep the Intern Program going, I am willing to donate $4000, 1/2 of the previous annual grant and I ask that you MATCH MY CONTRIBUTION! Any contribution you are able to make has an immediate impact on the school's ability to continue having interns be a part of the school and kids' lives. Radical education depends on grassroots efforts to spread the word and facilitate a learning environment for adults as well as children. The Free School's Intern Program is just that. Interns join the Free School for a year and learn what it is to teach compassionately, participate in conflict mangement, experience social justice in action, and learn the practical elements of a not-for-profit business model that directly engages children in a nurturing learning environment and also works within an inner-city neighborhood in an inclusive way. Without proper funding, this program is further threatened and that means future prospective interns might be turned away simply for lack of funding. Come on folks, every donation counts and if ever there is a time to act its now. Every penny goes right to continuing to provide a learning experience for interns as well as the students they wok with. You can't ask for more of a reason to consider contributing today! We can do it!
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