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Our Mission


Supporting the Mississippi Delta’s young leaders in the development of critical consciousness and the practice of justice through community building, exploration, artistic creation, organizing, and the study of social history and grassroots democracy

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Our Mission


Supporting the Mississippi Delta’s young leaders in the development of critical consciousness and the practice of justice through community building, exploration, artistic creation, organizing, and the study of social history and grassroots democracy

Our Vision

The RFP envisions a world in which each individual, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, geography, or ability has the opportunity to actualize their fullest potential through their participation in a democratic community.

Our Values

The bedrock of a Freedom Fellow's experience is a commitment to LEAD, the four principles that guide the RFP. Not only do these principles guide Fellows' development, but they also guide the programming at the RFP. From the novels that we read to the sports that we play, the RFP is dedicated to empowering Fellows through Love, Education, Action, and Discipline.

Love

Freedom Fellows commit to respecting and caring for themselves, their peers, their communities, and the RFP itself. This commitment is grounded in empathy, compassion, and care. As a community of leaders, we focus on a restorative discipline model that emphasizes radical love and interconnectedness, so that we can empower every Fellow to see potential in themselves and their peers.  

Education

Freedom Fellows commit to learning from all of their experiences, in and out of the classroom. Education refers to the intellectual curiosity and humility that it takes to be a lifelong learner. In study session, Fellows show education by picking up an extra book; on our trips, Fellows show education by asking questions and seeking deeper understanding. 

Action

The commitment to Action is fundamental to success as a Freedom Fellow. Action is commonly referred to by our Fellows as "going above and beyond." Freedom Fellows demonstrate Action in order to better their communities, their schools, and their families. Whether it is cleaning up their neighborhood, helping peers with homework, or seeking out academic opportunities, our Fellows are constantly taking Action.

Discipline

Discipline is the foundation of the LEAD principles. Discipline refers to the personal responsibility that it takes to show Action, even when it is difficult to do so. Discipline refers to the will power that it takes to show Education, day-in and day-out. Discipline refers to the self-control that it takes to show Love in times of strife and conflict. Through Discipline, our Freedom Fellows have the power to LEAD and to fulfill their potential.

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The Freedom Fellowship


A six-year commitment to growth and self-development.

The Freedom Fellowship


A six-year commitment to growth and self-development.

Freedom Fellows are not 'typical teenagers'. Freedom Fellows are LEADers.

From their first Freedom Summer in their sixth-grade year, until the day that they graduate college, Freedom Fellows work with our staff and partners to develop themselves academically, socially, and interpersonally, and to become leaders in their communities and across the country. The Rosedale Freedom Project’s six-year Freedom Fellowship seeks to invert the narrative of failing students that characterizes the Mississippi Delta. Where the school marginalizes and silences students, the RFP seeks to provide them with the tools and training to tell their own stories and to advocate for themselves. Poverty and rurality deny students access to the opportunity to develop their resumes, to travel, and to explore colleges and universities; the RFP works to provide these opportunities. Where their society tells them to defer to ‘authorities’, the RFP empowers students to build critical consciousness and to develop their agency by critiquing systems of power, and providing economic leadership opportunities for Fellows to take ownership of their space, their community, and their own selves.

The RFP strives to provide year-round holistic programming that addresses our students’ development. Our programming is separated into the following areas: