Freedom House Inc

Inspire. Graduate. Give Back.

Dorchester, MA   |


Freedom House works to transform the economic and cultural fabric of high-needs communities through education and leadership development. Freedom House is building economic, racial and social equity in our communities through education and leadership development.

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Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Charmaine L. Arthur

Main address

5 Crawford Street

Dorchester, MA 02121 USA

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NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Preparing Urban Students for Success in Higher Education (PUSH)

Intensive one-on-one coaching. College and post-secondary readiness workshops. Career readiness opportunities through Road-to-Success speaker series.

Population(s) Served

The Summer Intensive Institute is a critical element of the access and success approach. It provides intensive math review, English and writing, financial aid advising, and enrollment assistance during the summer months to better prepare students for the college transition. We support students' college preparation while still in high school, ensure a successful arrival on campus for incoming freshman and develop the ability to thrive in a college environment. Workshops cover topics such as: College 101: How to Survive Freshman Year; Paying for College: Overview of the Financial Aid Process and Strategies; Writers' Workshop: Tips and Tools to Improve Your College Writing; Time Management and Effective Study Skills; Managing Change, and Transitioning from High School to College Life. Students also focus on community service and civic engagement training. In 2013, we added on-line courses in partnership with UniversityNow.

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Our results

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Freedom House Summer Institute

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our PUSH program is currently embedded in three high schools: Snowden International High School, Jeremiah E. Burke High School, and Boston Arts Academy; we also support additional high schools through our summer programming; and serve numerous post-secondary institutions including UMASS Boston, Bunker Hill Community College, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Pine Manor (Boston College), and Roxbury Community College. Freedom House is focused on growing the impact of our organization through our Vision 2025 objectives:

• Grow our Student Success Coaching cohort to provide intensive case management services to an additional 500 students annually
• Extend our academic partnership network for PUSH High School from 2 schools to 5 schools; serving an additional 600 students annually
• Expand our Summer Learning Institute from 100 to 150 students
• Provide a 13th / 14th year to 200 college students
• Provide a Free Freshman Year to 300 high school and college students
• Increase access to mental wellness support services for our students
• Improve awareness of post-secondary financial readiness and access to financial literacy resources
• Increase the practice of a youth development approach within Boston Public School high schools

Freedom House transforms the academic and college-going identity of our community by working with high school and post-secondary (college and trade) students to foster academic success and promote a post-secondary education as a tangible goal. We do this work through Student Success Coaches, who are embedded within our partner schools and provide intensive case management services to students from 9th grade through post-secondary graduation. These Student Success Coaches are representative of our student demographically, allowing them to bring relevant contextual expertise with professional expertise. Additionally, a fundamental feature of our approach is to foster a pipeline of students from high school through post-secondary education. This requires adequate Student Success Coach staffing levels to ensure seamless “hand-off” coordination during the high school senior year. By starting our interventions with students early in their high school career and maintaining that support and access to resources throughout their high school and post-second journey we demonstrate high levels of college-readiness, academic persistence, and graduation rates; as well as greater rates of students obtaining maximize levels financial aid and securing youth employment opportunities.

For 73 years, Freedom House has been a leader in programs and services that champion educational equity and economic opportunities for Black and Brown youth throughout our communities. We see post-secondary education as a pathway to greater economic opportunities that provide life sustaining career options. We focus on college access and post-secondary success with the goal of increasing college graduation rates and career readiness by providing comprehensive services focused on holistic youth development to our students. Since our founding, Freedom House has addressed the impacts of poverty and racial discrimination on Boston's lower-income communities through its programming and civic engagement activities. We are a leader in helping prepare Black and Brown students for successful entrance and completion of postsecondary opportunities, particularly college. Our expertise as a community partner increases the capacity of the institutions who are challenged in directing their limited resources to social/emotional development programs, to graduate students who are college and then post-secondary career ready. Freedom House seeks to prepare students for successful transition to post-secondary institutions through a unique combination of meaningful college level learning, college going experiences, identity building, community service, jobs, social/emotional development and career exploration. Our programming helps students envision themselves on a college campus and in a professional workplace.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Freedom House Inc

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Freedom House Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Andrew Sobers

Branch Manager, HomeBridge Mortgage Service, LLC

Term: 2015 -

Lisa Guscott

Independent Consultant and Business Owner

Gintas Krisciunas

Research Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology Boston University School of Medicine Boston Medical Center

Michael Glavin

(Retired) Former Executive Director, Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development City of Somerville, MA

Keith Motley

Chancellor Emeritus Professor of Management University of Massachusetts Boston

Susan O'Connor

Retired Nonprofit and Banking Executive

Gary Morton

Director, Independent Agent Distribution Liberty Mutual Foundation

Andrew Sobers

Director, Independent Agent Distribution Liberty Mutual Foundation

Khimmara Greer, Esq.

Vice President & Senior Legal Counsel Ultimus Fund Solutions

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.