Travis Hill School at the Youth Study Center

Just over 40 students are held at the YSC and attend school daily. Nearly all of the students who pass through the YSC have faced school failure.  Many did not attend school regularly and have been suspended or expelled. Most are far behind their peers academically, and 30-40% of them have special education needs. They all, though, have hopes and dreams, skills and talents, and family and friends who care for them.   At the Travis Hill School we believe it is our moral imperative to reach out to these students, to show them we care, and to help them find a path forward. The Travis Hill School is student-centered, with an intensive focus on making school relevant and meaningful, on creating a culture of high achievement, and developing a school climate based on mutual respect and understanding.


Children’s Defense Fund (CDF): CDF’s mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The CDF Freedom Schools® program is a direct service initiative coordinated nationally by the Children’s Defense Fund in partnership with local community organizations. It is an educational and cultural enrichment program that provides summer options for children and strengthens family and community involvement. The activity based curriculum, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, integrates reading, conflict resolution, and social action, and is designed to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness.


Nature and Scope of the Internship:

College-age young adults and recent college graduates play a key role in the CDF Freedom Schools program in the position of Servant Leader Intern. Each CDF Freedom Schools Servant Leader Intern serves as the primary teacher for a group students for five weeks over the summer. Servant Leader Interns have access to further leadership development and networking opportunities geared toward continued direct service and advocacy on behalf of children and families.



Servant Leader Interns take on a range of responsibilities during the Travis Hill School-CDF Freedom School summer program.  These include, but are not limited to:


  • Provide direct supervision to students attending the Travis Hill School.

  • Lead classes developed around the Integrated Reading Curriculum as outlined in the guide provided by CDF, and tailored to the Travis Hill School.

  • Serve as Harambee leaders, and afternoon activities facilitators.

  • Attend all required trainings, including one week off-site in early June at CDF’s Haley Farm, and one week at the Travis Hill School prior to the start of the summer program.

  • Collaborate with other staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the students entrusted in their care.

  • Report any issues or concerns regarding students in the program to the Site Coordinator.

  • Set up, manage and break down classroom space according to standards developed by CDF and the Travis Hill School.


Qualifications and Demonstrated Interests:

  • Must have completed at least one year of college and have plans to complete a college degree (age range of 18-30)

  • Maintain or have graduated with at least a 3.0 G.P.A.

  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team

  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures

  • Exhibit positive attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor

  • Have a sincere desire to work at the Travis Hill School, located inside of the New Orleans juvenile detention center, serving detained students

  • Excellent written and verbal skills


Summer Program Specifics:

  • Servant Leader Interns all attend a one-week overnight training in Knoxville, Tennessee.  All costs associated with the training are paid for by the Travis Hill School.  This training is scheduled for June 2 through June 9th.  All SIs will be departing from New Orleans on June 1st.  

  • Servant Leader Interns work on-site for six weeks at the Travis Hill School.  The School is located inside of the Youth Study Center, which is the Juvenile Detention Center for New Orleans. The six-week on-site summer program includes one week of training and five weeks running the Travis Hill School-CDF Freedom School Program.  The six weeks on-site will begin the first week of  July until the August. 

  • Servant Leader Interns are eligible to earn a stipend of $3,000 for the summer, based on seven weeks of work (the June training and the six weeks on-site).

  • The Travis Hill School is located at 1100 Milton Street, New Orleans, LA 70122.


Application Process and Hiring Process:

If you are interested in applying to be a Servant Leader Intern at the Travis Hill School for the summer of 2018, click LINK. We anticipate selecting Servant Leader Interns during March and April, 2018.   The application process will include a review of applicants’ resume/application, a preliminary phone interview, followed by a second phone or in-person interview.  At each stage, applicants will be notified if they are selected to move forward in the process.


At the Travis Hill School, we believe a diverse staff is a better, stronger staff.  Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.  For additional information about CEEAS and the Travis Hill School, visit or