Educational Institutions

Freedom Writers Foundation

  • Long Beach, CA
  • www.freedomwritersfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Freedom Writers Foundation

is to be an advocate for at-risk students by providing tools that facilitate student-centered learning, increased overall academic performance, and increased teacher retention.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Freedom Writers Scholarship
  3. Freedom Writers Institute
Service Areas

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National

We provide educators with tools to engage, enlighten, and empower at-risk students, and we give scholarships to students who are the first in their families to graduate from high school and want higher education.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Erin Gruwell

Keywords

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teacher training, tolerance, curriculum, scholarships, at-risk students

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Also Known As

Erin Gruwell Education Project (EGEP)

EIN

04-3678807

 Number

5780475095

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The vision of the Freedom Writers Foundation is to close the education gap by creating schools where every student is engaged and every teacher is supported.

Programs

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Program 1

Public speaking Scholarships Curriculum materials Teacher training Mentoring

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Program 2

Freedom Writers Scholarship

The Freedom Writers Scholarship is offered to at-risk students, who are the first in their families to graduate high school, from the Freedom Writers alma mater, Woodrow Wilson High School.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Other Minorities

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Program 3

Freedom Writers Institute

The Freedom Writer Teacher's Institute is a five-day training led by Erin Gruwell, for educators to learn the Freedom Writers Methodology to engage, enlighten, and empower at-risk students. Many teaching methods aim to increase students’ interest in school and, in turn, help to decrease high school drop-out rates. The Freedom Writers Methodology differs in several ways:

The Freedom Writers Method not only increases the involvement and satisfaction of students with school but also of teachers. Teachers who experience burnout find renewed energy and focus for teaching using a method that helps them to better understand and reach their students. 

The ripple effect of the Freedom Writers story brings students and educators together in an environment that promotes acceptance and embraces diversity. Instead of judging others by their economic standing, the color of their skin, or their learning abilities, students learn from each other and find common threads in their lives.

Much of the educational community and the public at large believes that “at-risk” kids cannot learn until society fixes the problems that make kids at-risk in the first place (i.e. broken families, poverty, gang violence, etc.). The Freedom Writers Methodology demonstrates that the answers to society’s problems are in educating the kids. Until we do this, the problems cannot be fixed. This simple difference is what offers the most hope to this nation to improve the lives of millions.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Other Minorities

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We provide educators with tools to engage, enlighten, and empower at-risk students, and we give scholarships to students who are the first in their families to graduate from high school and want higher education.

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THE FREEDOM WRITERS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Freedom Writers Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Erin Gruwell

BIO

Nothing could have prepared Erin Gruwell for her first day of teaching at Wilson High School in Long Beach. Most of her students from this racially divided urban community were written off by the education system and deemed "unteachable". Erin Gruwell leveraged the power of education to transform their lives, by teaching tolerance through literature and writing. Her tenacity and commitment to her students is chronicled in the published text The Freedom Writers Diary - How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them (Doubleday 1999). With her steadfast support, all 150 students shattered stereotypes, graduated from high school and pursued college careers. Ms. Gruwell and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Prime Time Live with Connie Chung, Barbara Walters' The View and CSPAN's Book TV. Her class has been chronicled in national newspapers, People Magazine, and National Public Radio. A major film studio is currently developing this inspiring story into a feature film. Currently, Ms. Gruwell is the Founder and President of the Erin Gruwell Education Project, a non-profit organization that funds scholarships for disadvantaged students and promotes innovative teaching methods. Erin Gruwell has won numerous awards including California Credential Analysts and Counselors' California Teacher of the Year Award, 100 Black Men Award in Education, the National Conference of Community and Justice Human Relations Award. Erin and the Freedom Writers were also recipients of the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. Most recently, she and her non-profit were awarded the 2004 Roger E. Joseph Prize from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, for their "distinctive contribution to human kind" and the 2004 John Anson Ford Award, given by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, honoring individuals and organizations that have significantly improved human relations in their community. Ms. Gruwell is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where she received the Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her Master's Degree and teaching credentials from California State University, Long Beach, where she was honored as Distinguished Alumna by the School of Education.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mike Abercrombie

DevelopMentor

Term: Jan 2010 -

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