Friends of the Rafael Hernandez School Inc

aka Friends of The Hernandez   |   Roxbury, MA   |  https://rafaelhernandezk8.org/about-us/friends-of-the-hernandez/

Mission

The Friends of the Hernández (FOH) supports and advocates for the Rafael Hernández K-8 Dual Language School and the surrounding community. In collaboration with school staff, families and partners, FOH promotes quality dual language education, provides enriching After School programming, and increases access to the arts. We undertake these efforts motivated by our vision for a socially just and equitable education for our children and all children in Boston.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Danielle Costello

Main address

61 SCHOOL ST

Roxbury, MA 02119 USA

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EIN

04-3532825

NTEE code info

Parent Teacher Group (B94)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Friends of the Hernández (FOH) supports and advocates for the Rafael Hernández Dual Language K-8 School and the surrounding community.  In collaboration with school staff, families, and partners, the organization contributes to the cultural fabric of our neighborhood and increases access to high-quality education for Hernández students. The organization believes that the well-being of students is tied to the well-being of their families. To support this, FOH provides wraparound services, including a Donation Center, food distribution, Adult Education programming, and other services supporting the health and wellness of families.

Our programs

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

Hernández After School Program

The Hernández After School Program is a bilingual, multidisciplinary after school program that runs every school day from 3:10 - 6:00 pm. The four major components of HASP are: healthy snack, homework support, specialist programming and field trips.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Through the [email protected] [email protected] program, Friends of the Hernández trains low income, Spanish speaking adults to become dual language educators. Participants train in Pre-K through 3rd grade classrooms, working with mentor teachers, and learning the skills to become paraprofessionals, After School staff, or staff in other dual language settings. Participants also take classes in ESOL and financial literacy and receive support to find employment upon completion of the program.

Population(s) Served

The Adult Education Program at the Hernández supports families at the Hernández School in their learning goals. The program, launched in 2021, offers classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), financial literacy, Zumba, Spanish, and other topics of interest to families in the school.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Adults
Caregivers
Families
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to support the Rafael Hernández two-way bilingual school and its surrounding community. Specific goals, as identified by our board include

1) Becoming a community hub for our school and neighbors
2) Advocating for systemwide changes that benefit students
3) Increasing access to quality dual language education
4) Increasing enriching after school programming
5) Increasing access to the arts

Our strategies are two-fold: we provide goods and services through fundraising and grant-making efforts and we build capacity through volunteer and service-led initiatives and programs. We host Americorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Commonwealth Corps members to assist in our work.

Our capacity continues to grow every day. As a small, grassroots organization we rely heavily on our network of volunteers, service-members, and community.

FOH has grown from a small non-profit operating the After School at the Hernández to an organization that supports multiple programs. Progress includes the following:
- Growing our After School program to serve 130 students each day, offering academic help, social emotional supports, and enrichment programming
- Continuing to financially support academics, wraparound services, wellness, and arts at the Hernández
- Establishing our Primeras Maestras Program, training low-income family members of students to become dual language educators
- Establishing an Adult Education Program, offering classes in English, Spanish, financial literacy, citizenship, exercise, health and other topics of interest to families

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Friends of the Rafael Hernandez School Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matt Cregor

Marisol Negron

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Latino Studies, UMass Boston and former Hernández parent

Carolina Brito

Principal at Rafael Hernández K-8

Soo Hong

Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought, Associate Professor and Chair of Education, Wellesley College

Matt Cregor

Staff Attorney at Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and Hernández parent

Gary Prado

Senior Legal Counsel at Fidelity Investments

Eloise Biscoe

Former teacher at the Hernández

Ana Contreras

Family Liaison, Rafael Hernández School

Cynthia So-Armah

Physician, Brookside Community Health Center and Hernández parent

Alexandra Oliver-Dávila

Executive Director, Sociedad Latina

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/11/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.