Keeping youth enriched and empowered this summer!
Freedom Summer 2023 is an initiative of the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. The $1 million grant program aims to support local organizations that are working to reduce violence in Chicago communities this summer by creating and expanding spaces and programming where boys and young men of color can safely learn, play, and engage.
Check out the Freedom Summer 2023 recap reel Opens in a new tab, which highlights the incredible work of our grantees!
Freedom Summer is anchored to the MBK Alliance’s sixth milestone, that all youth should remain safe from violent crime.
According to a report by the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab Opens in a new tab, violent crime in Chicago peaks during the hot summer months. There are about twice as many shootings on days over 85 degrees as there are on days under 50 degrees. Freedom Summer aims to support local organizations as they endeavor to engage youth and contribute to a downturn in violence this summer.
Each Freedom Summer recipient received a $30,000 grant. The MBK Alliance knows the efforts of community organizations throughout the City of Chicago are often stifled due to limited financial resources. Our hope is that our investment, coupled with the dedicated effort of those individuals hosting summer programs, serves as the seed from which our young boys will grow and evolve into passionate, driven, and successful men.