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Servant Leader Interns

CDF believes in an intergenerational leadership model. That’s why CDF Freedom Schools programs are staffed primarily by college students and recent college graduates, known as Servant Leader Interns, with a 10:1 scholar to teacher ratio.  At the beginning of the summer, all CDF Freedom Schools staff go through two weeks of intensive training to learn effective classroom management, understand social-emotional learning, and prepare to deliver rigorous but engaging lessons. Servant Leader Interns come from communities similar to those in which CDF Freedom Schools programs are offered. In CDF Freedom Schools classrooms Servant Leader Interns act as mentors and role models whose interactions enable scholars in CDF Freedom Schools to envision themselves as future college students, advocates, and leaders. Small-sized classrooms along with the consistent support and nurturance of college-aged mentors and teachers together produce the positive reading gains mentioned above. Servant Leader Interns have access to further leadership development and networking opportunities geared toward continued direct service and advocacy on behalf of children and families.

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  • Serve as a positive role model for all students.

  • Supervise and maintain safety of students at all times.

  • Maintain a professional decorum at all times, locally and while at National Training.

  •  Set up, manage and break down classroom space according to standards developed by CDF.

  • Engage a maximum of 10 students per class in the Integrated Reading Curriculum as outlined in the guide provided by CDF.

  • Attend all required trainings, locally and nationally.

  •  In addition to facilitating the CDF Freedom Schools Integrated Reading Curriculum with fidelity, serve as Harambee leaders, afternoon activities facilitators, and field trip chaperones.

  • Collaborate with other staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the students entrusted in their care.

  • Partner with the Site Coordinator for the planning and implementation of the National Day of Social Action, parent engagement activities, and additional enrichment activities.

  • Report any issues or concerns regarding students in the program to the Site Coordinator.



Must have completed at least one year of college and have plans to complete the college degree (typical age range is 18-30).

Maintain or have graduated with at least a 3.0 G.P.A. 


Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures.


Solid commitment to the success and well-being of children.


 Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Exhibit positive behavior and attitude, modeling a mature and professional demeanor.


If you are interested in applying to become a Servant Leader Intern at one of our Winston-Salem Freedom Schools sites, complete the application below. 

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