Instructor Dr. Floyd D. Harris, Jr


Farming - The farming session will be a six-week program dedicated to teaching adults and youth the proper uses of farm equipment. Everyone will learn how to plow rows and safely attach various pieces of equipment to the tractor. Participants will also learn how to water plants, and to clear-out weeds. In addition, participants will understand techniques on how to harvest and sell vegetables for the local farmers market.  Class will meet every Saturday at 6am, at New Light for New Life Church of God, 1106 W. Woodward Fresno, Ca. 93706

Book Club

Instructor Mrs. Aline Reed

Book Club - Students who like reading can decide from a pre-selected list of books or choose to bring one of their own. Participants are expected to make a selection they can discuss during class or they may submit a (1-2 paragraph) synopsis of their book. The Book Club will be fun and entertaining if you love books!



Culture, Science, and Culinary Arts  

Instructor Mrs. Dr. Dvera Saxton

Culture, Science, and Culinary Arts - Getting STEAMy in the Kitchen: This 6-session series is designed to be intergenerational and participants can come to any or all sessions. Youth will hone their reading and language arts and science and math and research skills while learning about a Central Valley staple crop and a star in African American soul food cuisine: the PEACH! Participants will first learn more about the history, agricultural science, and culture of peaches from different perspectives. We will be adopting an organic peach tree at Masumoto Farms in Del Rey, which involves attending an orientation on the farm and going to either of two different harvesting sessions (probably the last two Saturday's in July). Then, participants will work as a team to can, dry, cook, and freeze the harvest, and to host a Peach Festival showcasing their accomplishments and newly learned knowledge with family members and community. The youth participants will enter some of the canned and baked goods into the Junior Exhibit at the Big Fresno Fair. This session is being lead by Dr. Dvera Saxton, an assistant professor of anthropology (the study of people's and cultures) from Fresno State.

Automotive Maintenance

Instructor Mr. Ernest Lockhart

Automotive Maintenance - Participants will learn the do’s and don’ts of knowing your vehicle by understanding each function including how to properly inspect and as well as regularly perform maintenance and repair.  This course will begin with a basic introduction to your vehicle, car, truck, van, etc. Then onto what you should know about your vehicle’s make, model and year and how to navigate through your owner’s manual. Next participants will understand the vehicle’s basic areas of maintenance, such as; vehicle body, doors (function and locks), hood, trunk, windows, mirrors (cleanliness, adjustment for driving and repair). Participants will also understand the importance of tire maintenance and air pressure, nails, cracks and wear. Participants will obtain information on dashboard, wipers, gadgets, oil lights, and checking fluids (transmission, coolant, windshield wipers, power steering and breaking). In addition, the class will learn the function and proper maintenance of hoses, signal lights (blinkers and high beams), heating and air conditioning (defrost /rain), including how to identify engine and wheel size including the importance and role of the fuse box. In conclusion, participants will also understand how to properly use a car jack for tire and other repairs.




Instructor Mr. Vacant


Journalism - Participants will be exposed to journalistic concepts and techniques in the art of storytelling. The main purpose of this course will be to conceptualize, layout and develop an organizational newsletter.


(Course Goal) The Voice of Freedom newsletter will be a collection of experiences from participants and their parents as they cultivate their personal and cultural view to develop techniques and understanding for storytelling.


Personal Development

Instructor Dr. Jean Kennedy

Personal Development - Dr. Jean Kennedy of Atlanta, Georgia will teach a course for all ages, in STEM - Personal Development.  This class will deal with communication and social skills, including an understanding of emotional intelligence.  The course will be a hands-on, fun and an interactive experience, while utilizing the sciences in both a clever and playful way.  The course will also utilize storytelling and facilitate interpersonal and intercultural centric circles and activities.   This is sure to be an exciting class for all ages in the Freedom School.  Come and have fun with Dr. Jean!


Instructor Mrs. Aline Reed Sewing  

Sewing & Knitting Students will learn basic sewing practices, which include; fabric choice, pattern choice, basting, hand sewing and sewing machine operation and maintenance. Students will also have a choice of starter projects that include; pot holders, aprons, lap quilts, and a flag for the classroom.


Video Production

Instructor Mr. King Tutmosis  


Video Production - Participants will understand what production skills are required for creating a 30 second, public service announcement. Participants will learn techniques in video production such as; script writing, outlining and storyboarding, lighting and backdrops for a video shoot.


(Course Goal) The goal of this class is to develop and produce a 30 second organizational video of this year’s 2016 Freedom School activities. Participants will highlight the individual benefits of attending Freedom School and how it’s activities are shaping the understanding of community development.


Gymnastics & Tumbling

Instructor Mr. Floyd D. Harris, III


In gymnastics, athletes perform acrobatic maneuvers like leaps, turns, flips, handstands and more on a variety of equipment. Typical equipment used in gymnastics include the balance beam, uneven bars, parallel bars, high bars, still rings, vault, ribbons, ropes and hoops. Most people are familiar with the sport from watching artistic gymnastics at the Olympics, which features common competitions like the balance beam for women and the still rings for men.

Tumbling is a form of gymnastics performed without props or equipment. Also referred to as floor gymnastics, common moves performed in tumbling include flips, somersaults, tucks, handstands and handsprings. While some moves in the floor routines seen in the Olympics can be considered tumbling, tumbling does not feature the same elements of formal dance associated with rhythmic gymnastics. Some sports, like cheerleading, typically use tumbling moves.


Black History

Instructor Professor Khendia 



The colors of the flag, and the flag itself, have been used to posthumously honor great Black leaders. In fact, last year the lights of New York City’s Empire State Building showed the colors of red, black, and green to honor the late Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20 


The Flag and Its Proposed Holiday

In his book, Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Holiday Tradition, Keith A. Mayes speaks of Marcus Garvey, the Black Liberation Flag, and the proposed holiday that would honor both. His book conveys the following: “In an attempt to centralize Marcus Garvey Day (August 17) and to capitalize off Black History Month’s expansion, The King Holiday Movement, and Kwanzaa’s growing popularity, Marcus Garvey Day promoters created African Heritage Month in 1980. Black holiday promoter Ron Daniels went a step further advocating not only a national holiday for Marcus Garvey, but rather a national day in recognition of the flag Garvey created, writing, ‘I am proposing that we as Africans in America declare August 17 the birthday of Marcus Garvey, National American Flag Day. Garvey’s birthday should become a major focal point for the dissemination of information about our flag and the massive display of the Flag by millions of Black people in parades, Garvey Day events, and on our homes.’

Janitorial  & Maintenance Training 

Instructor Dr .Floyd D. Harris, Jr.


Janitors keep office buildings, schools, hospitals, retail stores, hotels, and other places clean, sanitary, and in good condition. Some do only cleaning, while others have a variety of duties. In addition to keeping the inside of buildings clean and orderly, some janitors work outdoors, mowing lawns, sweeping walkways. Some janitors may also monitor the heating and cooling systems, ensuring that they function properly.

Janitors use a variety of tools and equipment. Simple cleaning tools may include mops, brooms, rakes, and shovels. Other tools may include snow blowers and floor buffers. Some janitors may be responsible for small electrical or plumbing repairs, for example, repairing a leaky faucet.


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