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Bethune Freedom
Schools Program

The Institute of Positive Education (IPE) has been awarded funding from the Illinois State Board of Education to offer out-of-school programming for students that attend the Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools (BSICS) for the 2022-2023 academic school year.


The Bethune Freedom Schools funding will provide currently enrolled BSICS students and their families access to programming in three (3) areas:

1. IPE Unity After-Schools Programs

2. Zaidi Shule Artist Summer Camp

3. IPE Parent University – Saturday Programming

About Bethune Freedom Schools

The Bethune Freedom Schools model addresses the holistic needs of young people and their caregivers. This model includes attention to both the normative challenges of development (e.g., human needs at different points in the life course. – early childhood; middle childhood; adolescence) in tandem with the historically rooted challenges youth face around racism and poverty.

Across all the proposed activities, students will develop positive senses of identity by examining artifacts that capture the resilient histories of their communities and their families. They will develop a strong self-efficacy through learning the powerful problem-solving strategies and modes of reasoning.

IPE will work with other community partners and programs to impact youth development through restorative justice fundamentals. Through our programming, principles such as accountability, respect, responsibility, and repair, will be utilized as a community-based approach to dealing with conflict, violence, and crime.


Enroll Today

If your student is not currently enrolled in the IPE Unity After-School Program and you are interested in enrollment, please click the link below to complete the application. If you need more information about programming, please feel free to send an email to or call (773) 651-5999.


Tumbling Class Thanks to Bethune Freedom Schools

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