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James Lawson Freedom School

James Lawson Freedom School2023-10-26T18:47:56+00:00
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Inspiring young adults to make a difference in themselves, their community, and the world.

Implemented in partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund, The James Lawson Freedom School provides children and youth in grades K-12 within the Allentown School District a unique educational opportunity to interrupt summer learning loss experienced by many inner-city children.

Delivered as a six-week summer initiative that partners mission appropriate college-level interns (referred to as Servant Leaders) with students (referred to as Scholars), the school operates annually from June to the end of July, Monday through Friday (8am to 1pm), and provides children with free books, nutritious meals, educational field trips, and an opportunity to learn about the significance of the American Civil Rights Movement. Together this boosts student motivation to read, generates positive attitudes toward learning, and connects the needs of the children and families to the resources of their communities.

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Supporting children and families through…

Academic Enrichment

All children deserve to attend diverse, well-funded schools where they have access to high-quality educators and resources.


Millions of children entered the pandemic without consistent access to nutritious food, leaving them vulnerable to hunger and harm.

Child Health

All children need access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage that is easy to get and to keep.

Meet Our Staff

Katarah Jordan

Director of the James Lawson Freedom School

Katarah Jordan is a lifelong learner and educator and believes that every child deserves to be successful and thrive from cradle to career. Katarah lives by the motto “What’s Healthy Grows.” She understands that healthy, enriching and well communities begin with classrooms that are an extension of the love and encouragement that every scholar deserves at home.

She is eager to be working directly with Resurrected Community Development Corporation as the James Lawson Freedom School Director, to provide scholars with an enriching learning experience designed to foster mastery and a love for one’s community. Katarah understands that our scholars deserve safe, supportive and equitable spaces where they can explore all of their possibilities and actualize their potential. Centering her work in community collaboration and exploratory learning she is dedicated to pushing forward a research-based and holistic multicultural program model that supports scholars, their families, their community and their world. Katarah brings a wealth of lived experience and a proven track record of being a transformative leader and growing the reach and the teams and organizations she leads through excellence, accountability, curiosity and innovation.

Prior to her food banking career as Director of Second Harvest Food Bank, Katarah has had a lifetime of leadership roles. She has served in various capacities with PASA Sustainable Agriculture, is a 2021 Rider-Pool Collective Impact Fellow. In the summer of 2021, Katarah completed a coveted immersion fellowship at Soul Fire Farm in Summer 2021 a black-led, liberation focused incubator farm.

Katarah earned her M.Ed. from East Stroudsburg University in Education and her BA from Lincoln University. A certified Master Gardener, her passions lie within the soil, and in the classroom. If she could teach anything it would be to teach people to grow their own food.

Delia Mitchell, MS

Program Assistant

Delia Mitchell, is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She’s been apart of the James Lawson Freedom School for 2 years. She is a Certified Life Coach and founder of “Honor Your Vision Life Coaching, LLC” She’s worked in Behavioral Health and Community Engagement for 18 years. Delia has a MS in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and a BA in Criminal Justice, from Kentucky State University.

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