Focus: HOPE is launching an exciting new collaboration to improve the lives of children and families in Detroit! The HOPE Village neighborhoods, the 100 blocks surrounding Focus: HOPE's campus in the heart of Detroit, presents a microcosm of the educational, economic, and environmental challenges faced by the city. To address these challenges and transform this community, we must nurture our most powerful resource—the young people who live here. Focus: HOPE is excited to introduce the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools, a national summer program that promotes the development of strong, literate, and empowered young people. Beginning this summer, the HOPE Village Freedom School will equip multiple generations of youth with the skills to be leaders and change agents in the community. But we need your help! Because the HOPE Village Freedom School will operate at no cost to families, we rely on philanthropic support to turn this dream into reality. Here are some ways you can help: 1. DONATE to the HOPE Village Freedom School by clicking the red button above. •$100 will provide a week of healthy snacks for 10 children • $300 will cover the books and CDF Freedom Schools curriculum for 1 child, including one book per week that the scholar will take home and add to his or her own home library • $500 will allow all 50 children to take a field trip and explore metro Detroit • $1,000 will train one college-aged Servant Leader Intern to serve HOPE Village Freedom School children, by funding their participation in the week-long Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, TN • $2,000 will fund the full HOPE Village Freedom School experience for 1 child, including curriculum and books, healthy meals and snacks, classroom supplies, and weekly field trips 2. CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISING PAGE and invite your friends and family to join the cause. •Click the FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button above to set up your page. 3. SPREAD THE WORD! •Share this web page with your networks via email and social media. Just copy and paste this link: http://www.crowdrise.com/HOPEVillageFreedomSchool Everyone who contributes will be invited to attend the HOPE Village Freedom School Final Showcase, where you will be able to see the lives changed by your contribution. To receive updates about weekly fundraising challenges and incentives, like Focus: HOPE on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@Focus_HOPE #HOPEVillageFreedomSchool)! Questions? Contact Stephanie Moore, Project Lead for the HOPE Village Freedom School, at 313.494.4392 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!