Board Opportunities

Literacy for Freedom

Literacy for Freedom was created in the fall of 2019 by 4th Grade teacher Keenan Jones of Hopkins Public Schools (Tanglen) located in Minnetonka, MN. It is a new 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization for African American males in grades 7-12. Literacy for Freedom seeks to dramatically improve academic and life outcomes for African American male students in the Twin Cities metro area.

Strategic Priorities

  •  Help foster a love for literacy to improve literacy rates for African American males in grades 7-12, provide them with strategies to improve comprehension, and teach them to think critically about different types of text
  • Emphasize the importance of postsecondary education and/or career pathways by assisting scholars with tools needed to prepare for those options through seminars, virtual tours, speakers
  • Foster youth development socially, emotionally, and psychologically using social emotional learning curriculum and professional mental health support from community resources
  • Develop identity as African American males in America using critical literacy and critical media literacy strategies through the LF Mentorship Group
  • Provide consultation to  educators/administrators about interventions to improve African American male achievement with key topics such as literacy instruction, access to post-secondary pathways, reducing special education placement, and culturally relevant teaching strategies
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians on academic and career goals to guide scholars through the education system and beyond


Literacy for Freedom is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:

  • Board Governance
  • Fundraising
  • Management and Leadership
  • Strategic and Business Planning


  • Number of members currently: 2
  • Number of board members needed: 3
  • Meeting time and frequency:  2 meetings annually
  • Meeting location: Minneapolis


  • Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
  • Financial Contribution Required: No
  • Service on Committee Required: Yes
    • Committees: Executive, Other
  • Length of Term: TBD
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? No

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8913 Winsdor Terrace Brooklyn Park, MN 55443


It is the mission of Literacy for Freedom to empower, inspire, and motivate African American males to achieve greatness.