Human Services

Phillips Brooks House Association Incorporated

  • Cambridge, MA
  • http://www.pbha.org

Mission Statement

PBHA strives for social justice. As a student-run organization, we draw upon the creative initiative of students and community members to foster collaboration that empowers individuals and communities. Through social service and social action, PBHA endeavors to meet community needs while advocating structural change.

Main Programs

  1. PBHA's Post Graduate Fellowship Program
  2. PBHA's Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
  3. PBHA's Adult Education Programs
  4. PBHA's Year Round Out of School Time Programs
  5. PBHA's Teen Job, Leadership Development, and College/Career Access Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

ruling year

1954

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Mrs. Maria Dominguez Gray

Keywords

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social service,social action,youth development,homeless,student-run,after-school,mentoring,summer,PBHA

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EIN

04-6046123

 Number

3708753455

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments in FY 12We received the 2011 Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association in recognition of our Summer Urban Program. PBHA's Summer Urban Program is a set of 12 student-run summer camps for children in Boston and Cambridge. Each summer, approximately 150 college students work in these communities, serving over 800 youth. This annual award recognizes summer programs demonstrating excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people, as measured by the Association's Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs. Winning programs also demonstrate exemplary practices in overall programming, including supporting staff, schools and other program partners in fulfilling shared goals.We received the Boston Ministerial Alliance Award. This award is given to Community-Based Organizations to strengthen Performance Management Systems.We received an Award from the Community Resource for Justice in recognition of our volunteers' work with Prison Education.We strengthened our college access programming through doubling our teen jobs programming through our Leaders and Athena programs, which strives to provide continued mentorship and academic/personal support throughout the year.We improved our technology systems and sophistication for more efficient and organized financial management and information sharing. Goals for FY 13PBHA will align year-round youth programming toward five specified youth outcomes, including assurance of consistent programming across neighborhoods and age groups.PBHA will increasing alumni engagement, particularly through fundraising and shared reflection, culminating in an annual public service event.PBHA will developing and successfully implement a performance management database and content management system. PBHA will strengthen our enrichment opportunities for the youth we serve by fostering leadership and academic development inside and outside of the classroom.PBHA will develop structures to facilitate stronger input and involvement in decision making and programming for community leaders, members, and constituents.

Programs

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

Program 1

PBHA's Post Graduate Fellowship Program

The PBHA Postgraduate Fellowship program is intended for Harvard seniors who were devoted to public service as undergraduates, and who demonstrate a future lifetime commitment to service. The spirit of the award is to provide fellows with the opportunity to put their vision for social change into action. Each fellow is awarded up to $30,000. The fellowship money is intended to support the fellow's living expenses as they work on a public interest project full-time in the year following graduation. Past fellows have used this award to start national non profit organizations like Strong Women Strong Girls and Peace First, and have made significant contributions to Boston through the creation of the Boston Workers Alliance and the Viet-Aid Summer Camp.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 2

PBHA's Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter is a student-run homeless shelter currently operating out of the University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square that serves 24 men and women every night for the five coldest months of winter. We strive to provide our guests with beds, two meals a day, Internet access, and laundry services as we connect them to other community resources needed to transition out of homelessness. This is achieved through the Resource Advocacy Team, which connects guests to local health, job, and housing resources, as well as the Work Contract Program, which aims to transition guests into permanent housing. The shelter also has a group of volunteers known as the Street Team that distributes food and blankets to individuals on the street. In the meantime, we hope to ensure a sense of dignity that is often absent when people have been maltreated or stigmatized because they are homeless.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Budget

$80,000.00

Program 3

PBHA's Adult Education Programs

PBHA's Adult Education Programs work to strengthen adults' job skills and inclusion in American society. We provide prison tutoring, ESL classes, and American citizenship classes to help individuals gain better access to various resources and create a self-sufficient lifestyle. Chinatown Citizenship, for instance, offers free, year-round classes for Chinese immigrants and permanent residents seeking American citizenship. These courses, taught at four different levels and primarily by Harvard undergraduate volunteers, aptly prepare students for the various stages of the naturalization process. Class services include but are not limited to: basic United States history and civics, mock interviews, translations, and various resources such as audio CD's for at-home practice. Chinatown ESL began in the 1980s in response to the need for quality English instruction for immigrants. Since then, the program has grown to serve about 300 students each year.Also part of the Adult Education Programs is the Suffolk Prison Tutoring Program consists of approximately 35 tutors and 30-40 inmate tutees. Each week, volunteers meet with their tutees to prepare them to pass a high school equivalency test, the GED. Many of the inmates in the medium-to-minimum security prison have had little formal education, and their brief classroom experiences have often left little mark. To encourage focused study, the program now provides $10,000 in college scholarships to selected program participants.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 4

PBHA's Year Round Out of School Time Programs

PBHA serves over 800 low-income youth ages 5-13 in Boston and Cambridge every summer through 10 neighborhood-based summer programs. This continues throughout the year through afterschool tutoring programs and 1-on-1 mentoring programs that continue to build participants academic, social, and emotional skills. These programs are all run by college students and not only teach to standards but incorporate creative, community-based curriculum. Together, our programs take a holistic view of every child, seeing the academic skills as inherently connected to support networks and self-worth.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$905,000.00

Program 5

PBHA's Teen Job, Leadership Development, and College/Career Access Programs

Through two programs, Leaders! and the Athena Program, PBHA employs teens year-round. The programs, with different focuses, provide skill-building, leadership building, and jobs to teens who start by working in our summer camps as junior counselors, or co-teachers. Throughout the summer, the over 100teens PBHA employs not only teach but attend weekly workshops on leadership skills. They can also attend SAT preparation classes for free if they choose, attend a weekly gender empowerment workshop through Athena, and/or work on a community action project throughout the summer. Finally, the teens work with college students to plan and run the Midsummer Celebration, an event for all of the summer programs that brings over 1,000 people from many different Boston and Cambridge communities together. Moving into the term, approximately 30-40 of teens stay in year-round programming either through Leaders! or the Athena Program. Through Athena, participants work to plan a biyearly conference on gender empowerment and gender-related issues as well as participate in weekly workshops around gender issues. Through Leaders! teens attend weekly workshops on leadership skills like public speaking and are paid to volunteer with various afterschool and community-based programs that they would otherwise not be able to work with due to financial concerns. We see these programs as a way to both employ youth and provide them with important skills for their development.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$100,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Funding Needs

In order to accomplish our dual objectives of providing vital resources to local communities and developing public service leaders, PBHA aspires to: Improve our Performance Management Systems, which are the systems and processes that the organization uses to measure our progress and improve our performance in regards to outcomes. We need funding to develop and implement a new database and file sharing system. This expense could amount to $20,000 annually.We have recently lost funding from the Stride Rite Foundation which funded our Post Graduate Fellowship program. We need at minimum $100,000 to keep the programming running at its current size.In order to increase the quality and depth of our service trainings we are seeking additional funding.With the federal, state, and local governments cutting funding for youth jobs it is a priority for our organization to procure funding for youth job stipends for youth between the ages 14-25 to teach in summer camps and make year-round service possible across all income levels.

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PHILLIPS BROOKS HOUSE ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Feb 01-Jan 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Phillips Brooks House Association Incorporated

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Maria Dominguez Gray

BIO

Maria Dominguez Gray currently serves as the Executive Director of the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), a student-led nonprofit organization at Harvard College that engages 1,400 students in more than 80 public service programs benefiting more than 10,000 people in the Boston area. Dominguez Gray served as the Deputy Director of PBHA since 1999. In that role, she worked with staff and student leaders to improve the quality and assessment systems for PBHA programming, worked to strengthen the depth of PBHA's community partnerships, and was instrumental in developing a culture of reflection and training focused on informed, long term commitment to service. Maria also spearheaded the PBHA Community Service Scholars program through which she mentored & the designed the leadership development programming for 40 undergraduate students and managed up to 3 post-graduate fellowships annually. Prior to PBHA, Maria served for five years on the staff of City Year Boston as a program and service director for the Boston site in the early years of AmeriCorps. Throughout her work in the greater Boston are, she has been instrumental in several key community coalitions including founding the South End/ Lower Roxbury Youth Worker Alliance and Mission Hill Youth Collaborative and advising the Academy, Bromley, Egleston Safety Task force, Youth Jobs Coalition and Boston Center for Youth and Families. Maria had additionally served on the boards for Cambridge Community Schools, Sociedad Latina, and Project HIP HOP.Maria received her B.A. from The College of William and Maria in Virginia and M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education through the Risk and Prevention program. She is a member of the 2010 cohort for Emerging Leaders at UMass'Center of Collaborative Leadership. Maria was born in Boston, grew up in Arlington, VA and currently lives in Roxbury. She is a proud mother of 2 young children and an active Boston Public Schools parent.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Carolyn Chou

President

Term: Feb 2012 - Jan 2013

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