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Sponsor a student! 2024 Washington D.C. Summer College Tour!

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JUNETEENTH + HOLLAND

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the day in 1865 when the enslaved people of Texas finally learned that slavery had been abolished and that they were free. While Michigan recognized Juneteenth as a holiday in 2005, we in Holland have been celebrating the history of Juneteenth since 2000!

ARE YOU A DREAMER?

JOIN US FOR OUR Freedom Festival & MARKET!

This community welcome event will take place in Holland, MI on June 15, 2024

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Freedom Festival & Market

From 2:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

Kollen Park (240 Kollen Park Dr, Holland, MI 49423)

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Come shop from over 70 vendors, food trucks, makers, artists, crafters, and hobbyists. Let your kids play in one of our large inflatables and grab a free balloon animal while visiting the vendors for more activities. 

Don’t forget! Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy a program from our students and community. Then get ready for a night of music provided by PJ DA DJ! great and stepping to a few classic in the park.  

SPONSOR

VOLUNTEER

Freedom Festival activities include:

  • Live Music & Local Talent
  • PJ Da DJ
  • Community Speakers
  • Food Vendors
  • +70 Business Vendors
  • Live t-shirt printing
  • Information Booths
  • “I AM” Kids Experience
  • Inflatables, Balloon Animals, & More!
 
THE WHO: I AM Academy’s theme this year is “I AM the Dream,” which focuses on helping our students see and achieve their goals! “I AM the Dream celebrates these successes and highlights the importance of acknowledging accomplishments, whether big or small. 

THE WHEN: On June 15, we invite you to join us for a vibrant celebration of freedom, culture, and dreamers at the Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Kollen Park!
 
THE WHAT: Experience the rhythm of live music, the flavors of delicious food, and the joy of community as we commemorate Juneteenth together! Let’s honor history, celebrate resilience, and embrace the spirit of Juneteenth!
 
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors for a day of fun, learning, and togetherness! 
 
THE WHY: In essence, our name, I AM Academy, is a placeholder for a powerful yearly mantra, “I AM…”. This year’s theme, “I AM the Dream,” promotes self-confidence, goal-setting, resilience, and the belief that everyone deserves to create the life they desire. 

All funds raised will help us continue providing representation, mentorship, and opportunities for our Black and multiracial youth in the West Michigan area and allow us to offer student scholarships for over 20 local youth to attend our annual Summer College Tour!

More event details to come! See you there!

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GET INVOLVED

CHOOSE AN EVENT, HOVER, & TAP!

2024 Registration is open!
TAP HERE
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

Farmer’s Market Storytime

From 9:30 AM TO 11:30 AM

Holland Farmers Market - 150 West 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Join us at the Holland Farmers Market! I AM Academy and the Herrick District Library are teaming up to bring you 30 minutes of fun and learning. After the storytime, we will also offer a hands-on activity.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

HISTORY TALK

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More information coming soon!

The 2022 Juneteenth Freedom Festival!

OUR 2023-2024 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!