The Freedom House Mission

In  2012, the Freedom House Board established a new direction for the organization to scale our programs to serve more young people and work towards doubling the college graduation rate. We connect our historic legacy of success in the civil rights movement and first mover status  in college access and success programming to the critical 21st century view of the need to graduate more young people from college particularly those from immigrant, minority or low income backgrounds.
Freedom House is clear that a high quality  high school education coupled with a college degree are worthwhile investments and pathways to opportunity and upward social mobility. Closing the opportunity divide and eliminating disparities in educational attainment are community development challenges that Freedom House is uniquely poised to address.
Our Mission:
To transform the economic and cultural fabric of high-need communities through education and leadership development.
Freedom House’s work is based on the following core values:
Legacy, Progress and Persistence: We are inspired by a rich tradition of leadership in civil rights and social justice. We honor that tradition through continuous reflection together with relentless pursuit of progress.
Education: We believe in the transformative power of education and lifelong learning as the foundation for opportunity and choice. We approach our work with a teachable spirit as both student and instructor.
Diversity and Cultural Competency: We embrace and foster the equality of cultures.
Leadership: We imagine a better state and create pathways to get there. We believe in creating future leaders for the betterment of the community through civic engagement.
Integrity and Accountability: We believe our programs and relationships are built and sustained through transparency reliability and candor. We hold ourselves accountable for setting high expectations and exceeding them.

Our History

Founded in 1949, Freedom House is located in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Boston. We hope to build a new facility at our 14 Crawford Street location in the next few years. Freedom House is dedicated to keeping the American Dream alive. Given this critical community need, in a country where the population is shifting to “majority-minority,” we must aggressively address the problems that Freedom House has tackled over so many decades. Freedom House’s strengths lie in pioneering anti-poverty youth development and college completion strategies for low income and minority  students; a history and legacy of commitment to social justice and educational excellence.

Our Commitment

To help young  people achieve self-sufficiency and put them on the path to upward social  mobility through:

  • Elevating their academic performance,
  • Coaching them to persist and succeed in college in order to attain better career options,
  • Providing civic engagement training and projects.
  • Engaging parents and the entire community in  supporting educational excellence.

Meet the team

We are enthusiastic and passionate about what we’re doing. Let us introduce ourselves.

  • Katrina Shaw
    Katrina ShawExecutive DirectorShaw joined Freedom House in September 2012. She has over 10 years experience building successful  programs and initiatives that advance goals, engage stakeholders and create collaborative relationships.Previously, she was Co-Executive Director of City Year Louisiana. Other positions included Assistant Vice President at the State Street Foundation-Global Philanthropy and Director of Community Impact at the United Way of Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Spelman College and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
  • Kimberly Amyouny
    Kimberly AmyounyPUSH Program ManagerKim Amyouny came to the Boston area, from California in 2001, to serve as a City Year Corps Member. After her corps year she spent three years working in Dorchester and Hyde Park in afterschool programming as part of the Citizen Schools Teaching Fellowship. Through her fellowship she completed her Master’s degree in Education Specializing in OST, Leadership & Community at Lesley University. After graduate school Kim spent five years developing the Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership Center at The New England Institute of Art.
  • Wilson Cardwell
    Wilson CardwellPUSH High School Program ManagerWilson Cardwell became the PUSH High School Program Manager in 2014.  Before his work with Freedom House, he served as the Power Lunch Program Manager at Read to A Child, a mentoring and literacy agency. Wilson has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Miami University in 2012 and Read to A Child in 2010. He holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from Miami University and is a Masters of Education student at Northeastern.
  • Tahina Barlatier
    Tahina BarlatierPUSH College CoachTahina was born and raised in the Greater Boston area and completed her Masters of Social Work at Salem State University. Tahina has worked at human and social service nonprofits such as The Young People’s Project, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, the Institute for Health & Recovery in Grove Hall and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. In addition to volunteering on the Steering Committee for the Professional Women of Color Network, Inc, Tahina is the Chairwoman for the Scholarship Committee of the NAACP Boston Branch.
  • Malcolm Thomas
    Malcolm ThomasPUSH College CoachMalcolm Thomas holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Child and Family Studies, and has completed a year of graduate work in Secondary Education. His experience working with Freedom House Inc., Federal Trio programs, Upward Bound and Talent Search, has expanded his knowledge of the college access and success process. He has had the privilege of success coaching first year college students and advising a young men’s group created to engage in dialogue centered around education and community.
  • Kaitlin Koga
    Kaitlin KogaPUSH High School CoachKaitlin Koga joined Freedom House in 2013 as the PUSH High School Coach for the Snowden International School. Previously, she worked as an Associate Consultant for AchieveMission & served as an AmeriCorps member at New Sector Alliance and the MATCH Charter Public High School. Kaitlin founded the Cambridge After School Program in the Rindge Towers housing development. She also served as Programming Chair, Board Chair & President of the Phillips Brooks House Association, a non-profit supporting over 10,000 families.
  • Valleria Miranda
    Valleria MirandaPUSH High School CoachValleria Miranda became the Push High School Coach in April 2014. Valleria also serves as a Director of Peace Circles, a program designed to increase emotional literacy and conflict resolution skills among middle school students. Partnered with UMass Boston, Valleria also facilitates discussions through civic engagement partnerships. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
  • Debra Farrar-Parkman
    Debra Farrar-ParkmanDirector of Communications & DevelopmentDebra Farrar-Parkman is a Boston native with an extensive background in television production, communications and development.  She has worked for numerous area non-profit agencies including the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and DotWell.  Debra has worked as an Emmy Award-winning producer in news, community affairs, and public relations at Boston television stations WBZ (CBS), WCVB (ABC) and WGBH (PBS). She is a current Board member and Treasurer of New England Blacks in Philanthropy.
  • Tyler Seever
    Tyler SeeverDevelopment OfficerTyler Seever brings over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector to the Freedom House team. Before coming to Freedom House, he founded Project Humanity, a non-profit delivering clean water to villages in northern Uganda. Tyler has worked in the nonprofit sector doing grant writing, fundraising, development, and defining and promoting organizational goals and mission. He has also worked with the Department of Mental Health, Boston Public Schools, and NGOs in Haiti to develop and implement emergency and trauma response plans.
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