Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the goals and principles of DIFS?
DIFS is responding to Detroit children’s needs for positive educational activities to fill the vacuum created by the dismantling of DPS through the policies of Emergency Management. Each DIFS session is organized with two focuses:
- Tutoring in core subjects and skills;
- Engagement in learning activities that are inspiring and culturally enriching, which encourage students to strive to reach the full potential of their abilities and talents.
Is DIFS incorporating the methods and principles of African-centered education?
Yes. The methods and principles of African-centered education are applied in the learning activities offered in the DIFS movement, as this methodology has been proven to support self-esteem building and intellectual development of African American children.
What is the relationship between DIFS and DPS?
DIFS is an independent project with no official ties to the DPS system. It is not a charter school, and has no charter school affiliation. It is being organized and sustained by community-generated resources. Under the policies of a series of governor-appointed Emergency Managers over the last several years, the DPS system has been dismantled. Detroit children have consequently suffered a serious lack in their educational process. Freedom Schools are intended to provide positive, affirming educational activities to lessen the serious loss our children have endured, while also ensuring concrete community support to parents and children during this period of destabilization.
Where and when are Freedom Schools happening?
DIFS sites are organized in churches and community centers where children can be safe, and where volunteer teachers will be assigned to prepare and deliver educational activities in core subjects and basic learning skills, as well as culturally enhancing, inspiring learning experiences.
Freedom School sites are currently located at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 48201), 10am to 12:30pm every Saturday morning, and at the Cass Corridor Commons (4605 Cass Ave., Detroit, 48201), 7pm every Tuesday evening.
How can we get involved?
Those who wish to volunteer to support Freedom Schools are urged to attend the general DIFS organizing meetings (every Monday evening at 7pm, at the Cass Corridor Commons - 4605 Cass Ave., Detroit, 48201) to receive an orientation, and then commit to carry out some aspect of the work required to operate the Freedom Schools. This work may be teaching, preparing lunches or snacks, collecting or organizing supplies, etc.