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: Austin Hendrix and Bob Moul
Sponsored By: Comcast Foundation, MotiveX
Featuring Presenter: David L. Cohen
Adults: $75.00 | Children: $50
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.
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
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
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.
FREIRE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL (Est. 1999)
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.
FREIRE CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL (Est. 2012)
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.
FREIRE CHARTER SCHOOL WILMINGTON (Est. 2015)
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.
TECH FREIRE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL (Est. 2016)
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.
Sponsor Creativity in Action: Support Summer Uptown
You can help Freire Schools make a difference. Proceeds from Summer Uptown support equal access to technology, arts, and creative programming for kids who need it most. Becoming a sponsor makes our projects, and students’ achievements possible!
FREIRE GLOBAL: EXPERIENCE MATTERS
Fighting the effects of segregation on cultural spaces, Freire Global is a series of trips, courses, and programs that emphasize hands-on experiences outside of our students’ usual scope.
Your Support in Action: Field trips, on-site courses, internships, and mentorship programs. Creative partnerships with organizations including Delaware Contemporary Museum of Art, Delaware Horticultural Society, Franklin Institute, Live Connections, Mural Arts, NextFab, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Play On, Philly!, Temple University, and more!
EXPERT THINKING: LITERACY MATTERS
In the age of information, students must learn how to discern and form critical viewpoints. Freire’s Expert Thinking model is a network-wide commitment to literacy across domains, subjects, and applied skills, balancing rigor in reflection with rigor in practice.
Your Support in Action: Extensive libraries at each campus. Professional development for teachers in problem-based learning. Programs like Picture Equality, a new filmmaking course, and Freire Broadcast Live, a broadcast journalism station where students can apply foundational skills in reading and math to critical, creative work.
BEING WELL: HEALTH MATTERS
Too many Freire students are exposed to community violence, poverty, hunger, maltreatment, neglect, and unstable living conditions. Responding to trauma is an essential part of our education model, taking care to understand how our students’ lives shape their learning.
Your Support in Action: Social workers on every campus, academic counselors, free student and family therapy and wellness programming, and hardship support. Trauma-informed programs and practices, including arts therapy, all of which support learner-centered classrooms that empower students and educators.
WORLD CLASS LEADING: GREAT TEACHING AND GREAT LEADERSHIP MATTER
The current teacher shortage is untenable. In order to make teaching a first-class profession, faculty support must include better hiring processes, and evaluation and investments in teacher pay, as well as opportunities to research, collaborate, and bring individual passion to the classroom.
Your Support in Action: Competitive pay for faculty and staff. Access to professional study and creative opportunities. Focused training in areas such as design thinking, problem-based learning and global education.