Mr. Evans, an eighth grade Freedom Fellow, excels as our Youth Employed Videographer. Mr. Evans works with Mr. Smith to run the RFP's Filmmaking club; on the side, he works as a free-lance videographer, making films for Delta Arts Alliance, North Bolivar Food Revolution, and more. Check out his work here.
Ms. Payne, a ninth grade Freedom Fellow, is known for her deep love of the building, no matter how much she says otherwise! Jamya is never afraid to speak up for what she believes in, and currently serves as one of the RFP's youth employees. Currently, she is busy developing surveys for Rosedale citizens in order to get a clearer picture of what social changes need to happen in her community.
Mr. Rogers is a 10th grade Freedom Fellow, and has been with us since his 7th grade year, earning him the title of longest running Fellow. Mr. Rogers co-teaches the RFP's creative writing club, and also is a leading member of the RFP's activism club, which identifies education issues in Rosedale, and discusses solutions.
Mr. Taylor, a seventh grade Freedom Fellow, is known for his energy level and impressive musical ability during circle-up. Mr. Taylor is extremely active in the RFP's filmmaking club, where he is busy learning about framing, storyboards, and editing documentaries.
Mr. Stewart, a seventh grade Freedom Fellow, arrived in Rosedale this summer. Originally from Chicago, Mr. Stewart is extremely interested in the criminal justice system, and devotes most of his time in Filmmaking club developing a documentary on the prison system in Mississippi.
Mr. Hall, a 12th grade Freedom Fellow, spends most of his time writing, and preparing for college (he intends to enroll at Ole Miss). Mr. Hall is fascinated by philosophy, sociology, and the impact of technology on society. For the past two years, he has participated in Freedom Summer Collegiate, earning 16 college credits in the process.
Ms. Clay, an eighth grade Freedom Fellow, is the embodiment of the lead principle of Education at the RFP. Her love of learning comes out clearly during Social Justice Reading Group, where she has dove into interpreting and understanding the effect of African imperialism on African-American culture.
Mr. McKenzie, a 12th grade Freedom Fellow, has been with us since his 9th grade year. Mr. McKenzie spends most of his time at the RFP preparing for the ACT and enrolling in colleges. Mr. McKenzie plans to attend Northwest Community College in the fall of 2019 to study Computer Science.
Ms. Fortney, a ninth grade Freedom Fellow, isn't much of a public speaker, but her writing is some of the strongest at the RFP. A long-term member of the RFP's creative writing club, Ms. Fortney has been published in the Sunflower County Freedom Projects Literary Magazine, and has presented her work in Greenwood, MS and Baltimore, MD.
Ms. Williams, a 12th grade Freedom Fellow, has been with us since her 9th grade year. She currently works as a youth logistics coordinator for the RFP, and plays an important role in planning trips, inviting visitors to the building, and setting hiring protocols for new RFP staff members.
Mr. Mobley, an eighth grade Freedom Fellow, is known around the LEAD center as the 'master seasoner'. Mr. Mobley works with Ms. Guptill to prepare the RFP's daily snack, and has a reputation for amazing seasoning combinations. In addition to working as our snack coordinator, Mr. Mobley is our most accomplished reader, burning through much of our library since he arrived at the RFP.
Ms. Marable, a seventh grade Freedom Fellow, is known around the RFP as one of our sweetest Fellows. She can often be found curled up on the couch with a good book (she's already finished two this year), or working with her best friend Makiyah on their English homework. Ms. Marable is also a prodigious poet, and says she gets most of her inspiration from her mother.
Mr. Hunter, a seventh grade Freedom Fellow, is one of our newest Fellows, but has already proven his commitment to the LEAD principles. Mr. Hunter is passionate about science, and can always be found looking under rocks for frogs, snakes, and other critters!