Snowden International School

Snowden International School

​150 Newbury Street  Boston Massachusetts 02116

About Freedom House:


Established in Roxbury in 1949 by Muriel and Otto Snowden, Freedom House removes barriers to educational success and opportunity by coaching students, creating college-level learning opportunities, and providing intense college preparation during the summer.

Freedom House places college coaches within high schools and colleges to foster a strong academic environment and create a college-going identity.  We encourage college-level learning, as well as community empowerment, though our community and civic education programs.

About our staff:

Wilson Cardwell – PUSH High School Program Manager
Mr. Cardwell became the PUSH High School Program Manager in May of 2013.  Before his work with Freedom House, he served as the Power Lunch Program Manager at Read to A Child, a national 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.

Cassandre Joseph – PUSH High School Success Coach, 9th and 10th grades at Snowden International and the Jeremiah E. Burke High Schools
Ms. Jay joined the Freedom House as the new 9th and 10th grade PUSH High School Coach in September of this year.  Ms. Jay graduated in 2013 from Centre College, where she studied Sociology and Anthropology. After graduating she served as a City Year Corps Member and spent a year working with 4th graders at the Mattahunt Elementary School.  After her corps year she went on to work at Brooke Charter School and Citizen Schools.

Program Components:

PUSH High School Cohort:
20 students are selected during their freshmen year to work with a PUSH High School Success Coach for four years via 1:1 meetings as well as cohort group meetings and additional experiences as they relate to success in high school and college readiness.

Workshops and College Coaching:
All students attending Snowden International and the Jeremiah E. Burke High School have access to a PUSH High School Success Coach and will receive 4 – 5 workshops per year.  Workshops range in topic from success in high school, social emotional support, knowing and navigating school and community resources and the college application process.  Freedom House also supports each high school’s guidance team with field trips, professional development experiences and networking opportunities.

PUSH High School Summer Institute:
A six-week, paid, summer intensive program that expands on a student’s learning in the class while providing them with a means to earn money over the summer.  25 – 30 students are placed with Freedom House via our program partnerships with the Department of Youth Employment and Engagement, ABCD, the Boston PIC and John Hancock’s MLK Summer Scholars.  Students will take college-prep math courses, an ELA course, participate in college centric and professional development workshops and go on various field trips throughout the City of Boston.  Students are also taken on college visits within and outside of Boston.