Summer Uptown: Celebrating Freire Kids and Creativity

Inspired by Stephen M. Goodman, Esq.'s Life and Legacy 

Monday, JUNE 18 | 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
TECH Freire Charter High School
2221 N Broad Street | Philadelphia, PA 19132

Summer Uptown is a student maker faire celebrating Philadelphia’s innovative past and creative future. The evening is created and curated by 2,000 Freire students with love and admiration for this year’s Bridge to Wisdom honoree, Stephen M. Goodman, Esq., his wife Janis and their family.

Co-Chaired By: Andrew Hamilton, Austin Hendrix and Bob Moul
Sponsored By: Comcast NBCUniversal, MotiveX
Featuring Presenter: David L. Cohen

Adults: $75.00 | Children: $50


Parking is complimentary at Philadelphia Military Academy (2118 N. 13th Street -- lot entrance on Park Avenue).  This is a two block walk from TECH Freire.  The lot can accommodate about 150 cars (first come, first served). 

When the Military Academy's lot is full, we will have overflow parking at the Temple Towers Lot (1651 W. 13th Street -- lot entrance on 13th Street between Oxford and Cecil B Moore).  We will have shuttles to and from this lot to our school building.


Featured Events

North Broad Revival: A documentary film written, produced and edited by Freire Students, celebrating North Philadelphia’s technological and cultural history.

Bridge to Wisdom Award Presentation: David L. Cohen presents the Bridge to Wisdom Award to the Goodman Family in honor of Stephen M. Goodman, Esq.

Live Music: A tribute featuring Freire students and jazz collective (U)nity featuring Grammy nominated Jonathan Hoard. Enjoy a performance of Afro Cuban jazz and hip hop fusion through the playful and creative spirit of core members Axel T. Laugart, Amaury Acosta, Micheal Valeanu, and Max Cudworth.

Art Installations: Art installations including the Garbology Project, a gorgeous environmental chandelier inspired by artist Dale Chihuly which invites all who pass under it to consider their environmental footprint.  

Creative Activities: Screen-printing, virtual reality and a pop shop featuring unique student work, supporting students' entrepreneurial efforts and craftsmanship. 

Summer Uptown 2018 Special Performance: U(nity) ft. Jonathan Hoard: Guests are treated to a fusion Afro Cuban jazz and hip hop performance where the playful and creative spirit of core members Axel T. Laugart, Amaury Acosta, Micheal Valeanu, and Max Cudworth fit right in at our celebration of the Freire community.

100% of proceeds from Summer Uptown support equal access to technology and arts education and creative programming for Philadelphia and Wilmington kids.


Remembering Stephen M. Goodman, Esq.

"Godfather of TECH," Visionary Lawyer, Mentor, Jazz Musician, Bridge to Wisdom Honoree

Summer Uptown honors the late Steve Goodman, a dedicated, inspiring, and generous champion of young people, technology, innovation and the arts, and a beloved community member, philanthropist, and friend. At Summer Uptown, we celebrate Steve’s legacy as the godfather of Philadelphia's tech community and the mentor of many business leaders. We are committed to ensuring Steve's work will live on in all who experienced his friendship. Our community has designed an event that strives to honor him through a variety of creative pursuits that he supported. The projects students present at Summer Uptown will highlight what impressed Steve most about Freire Schools’ unique approach to teaching and learning—the creative integration of artistic expression, technological savvy and civic service. Freire students are applying an entrepreneurial mindset to their creations, building the future of the region through big picture thinking. 



Freire Schools’ annual Bridge to Wisdom Award honors exceptional leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to young people’s lives, education, and community transformation. 


Past Honorees


2017: Ruth and Morris Williams, Pine Tree Foundation

2016: David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President, Comcast Foundation

2015: Leonard S. Poncia, CEO, President and Founder, Aquinas Realty Partners

2014: Councilman William Joseph Green IV  

2013: Michael G. O’Neil, Board Chair/Co-Founder, Philadelphia School Partnership    

2012: Shane Victorino, Victorino Foundation

2011: Seed the Dream Foundation

2010: Governor Edward G. Rendell and Senator Anthony Hardy Williams

2009: Honorable Senator Dominic F. Pileggi

2008: Congressman Dwight E. Evans

2007: Daniel J. Whelan, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

2006: Robert W. O'Donnell, O’Donnell Associates

Summer Uptown Chairs

ANdrew hamilton, esq., partner, morgan, lewis & bockius llp

austin Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation

Bob Moul, Tech CEO/Co-chair, CS4Philly

As an arts advocate, and artist, I visit schools and arts programs across the country. Not only am I extremely impressed with the quality of technology and arts instruction taking place at Freire Schools, but also the care and love every adult has for kids. Youth culture is positioned at the center of curriculum, and Freire students feel empowered, loved and inspired. On top of that, I am extremely impressed with the outreach that is taking place in the community.
— Austin Hendrix
Through life and service, Steve shaped and advocated for a community of courageous, creative and confident leaders who dare to imagine a future filled with innovation and possibility. Albert Einstein said that creativity is contagious, and Steve’s energy could certainly be described that way. It is our hope that we may share it with these kids.
— Andrew Hamilton, Esq., Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Given the rapid advance and proliferation of technology, it is vital that we prepare our kids for jobs in the digital economy. We need problem solvers who are curious, adaptable, and think critically. Freire Schools understand this and works to nurture graduates with the skills that employers need. By building this foundation and creating pathways to employment we can begin to have an impact on unemployment and poverty, create more inclusive neighborhoods, and diversify the tech talent pipeline. This is a future envisioned by my friend and mentor, Steve Goodman, and one that I am committed to advancing by supporting Freire Schools and the next generation of student technology leaders.
— Bob Moul

Our Students: WHy We'Re Here


Across the network:


of Freire Schools are Title I schools, meaning that a vast majority of our students in Philadelphia and Wilmington come from disadvantaged communities.


of Freire students are students of color, which means our kids are at increased risk of being racially profiled, incarcerated, or graduating later than their white counterparts.


live below the poverty line.


receive free breakfast and lunch.


Who We Are

At Freire Schools, we believe that when kids create, they build the future.
— Dr. Kelly Davenport, Founder/CEO, Freire Schools

Freire Schools are building the future of Philadelphia and Wilmington. Our mission is to provide underserved students with a rigorous, creative education that develops concrete skills and love-centered values to produce collaborative and courageous citizen leaders ready to build the future. Freire wants to change the way people think about education and schools — how we design curriculum, how we teach, how we measure success, where we learn, when we learn, and with whom we learn — and renew confidence in public education. It is our goal that 100% of our students will graduate from our programs with a realistic and actionable plan. Whether they go on to college, career, vocational education, or the military, our students will know their next step upon graduation.  





Total Served: 500 Students Grades 9–12
Freire Charter High School is a public, non-profit, all admission college-prep high school, which offers Philadelphia students from every zip code a vibrant intellectual experience in the heart of Center City.



Total Served: 500 Students Grades 5-8
Freire Middle School is a four-year college prep middle school designed to meet the unique learning and developmental needs of middle school students in an atmosphere of mutual respect. The School’s goal is to help its students succeed in college-preparatory high school programs and to become community leaders.



Total Served: 420 Students Grades 8-11;
Adding 12th grade in school year 2018-2019.

Freire Charter School Wilmington is the City of Wilmington’s first college prep five-year public high school and the first public prep high school in the city in decades. Freire Wilmington provides students with independence, facilitates intellectual risk-taking, focuses on a college prep curriculum, and promotes peaceful discussion and non-violence.



Total Served: 425 Students Grades 9-11;
Adding 12th grade in school year 2018-2019.

The inspiration for TECH Freire was born in 2015 with a clear vision: to create a progressive school for North Philadelphia kids that integrates technology, arts, design, and the liberal arts. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for today’s global economy. Inspired by the maker movement, which encourages a return to tinkering and exploring with materials and tools, TECH Freire teaches a range of creative courses including coding and sculpture.