ADVOCATES FOR HOME EDUCATION IN MASSACHUSETTS INC

The go-to source for homeschool support and information

aka AHEM   |   Arlington, MA   |  http://www.ahem.info

Mission

Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM) is a nonprofit, independent, grassroots, volunteer-run, educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. We believe that informed and active homeschoolers are their own best advocates in maintaining the right to independently homeschool.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Milva McDonald

Main address

PO Box 1307

Arlington, MA 02474 USA

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EIN

20-1992014

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To keep independent homeschooling a viable option in Massachusetts for those families that choose it, including families with children for whom school is not working.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Informational & Supportive Web Site

The organization has maintained an informational website www.AHEM.info with information about how homeschooling works in Massachusetts, including important documents and overviews of regulations, relevant contact and event information to facilitate networking, as well as photos, stories and links which bring the face of homeschooling to life. Volunteers actively contribute to research, writing, editing and maintenance of web content. Volunteer representatives (County Contacts) from the organization are available by phone for anyone to ask questions about homeschooling. They do not charge for these services.

Population(s) Served

Since its inception, the organization has published informational brochures explaining how homeschooling works in Massachusetts, as well as notices about current events and issues. Publications are provided to the public for free. Publishing is done in-house. Volunteers actively contribute to the research, writing, editing, and production process. The organization maintains a list of people who are interested in receiving weekly or biweekly emails that keep them up-to-date on any issues that may affect homeschooling in Massachusetts, as well as current news regarding the activities and offerings of the organization.

Population(s) Served

The organization distributes a survey regarding homeschooling in Massachusetts and maintains a database of the answers. The individual responses to the questionnaire remain anonymous, and the data is available to help County Contacts answer questions they may receive about homeschooling practices in specific towns.

Population(s) Served

The organization sponsors programs and events to inform the public about homeschooling while also providing a forum for people to connect and communicate with each other. Events primarily take place in various regions of Massachusetts. The organization sponsors conferences and workshops about homeschooling. Events are organized at cost to the public, or the organization charges a nominal fee to offset costs associated with self produced events. These events are effective ways of publicizing the organization and gaining more people for our base of supporters.

Population(s) Served

The organization watches for proposed legislation that may affect homeschooling in Massachusetts and keeps interested parties informed. The organization encourages citizens to get to know their elected officials and maintain active relationships with them. The organization also maintains a relationship with the Massachusetts Department of Education regarding any information pertaining to homeschooling in Massachusetts that they disseminate.

Population(s) Served

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 list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Informational & Supportive Web Site

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

To educate the public about homeschooling as well as support active homeschooling families in Massachusetts.

We proactively reach current and potential homeschoolers, as well as the general public, legislators, and school officials about the value of homeschooling. To this end we gather and disseminate information regarding homeschooling in Massachusetts using means including but not limited to a website, email newsletter, written materials, questionnaire, informational database, and telephone contacts. We also sponsor public educational events where ideas, opinions and writings relating to homeschooling may be expressed and shared with others. From time to time we expand and re-define our educational programs as necessary and engage in other activities related to informing the public about homeschooling in Massachusetts.

• AHEM’s volunteers have decades of combined experience personally homeschooling and helping others homeschool in Massachusetts.
• AHEM publishes informational materials explaining how homeschooling works in Massachusetts, and weekly emails that address current events and issues. Publications are created in-house and provided to the public for free.
• AHEM maintains a list of people interested in receiving weekly emails that keep them up-to-date on issues relevant to homeschooling in Massachusetts, as well as current news regarding the activities and offerings of the organization.
• AHEM maintains an informational website www.AHEM.info with information about how homeschooling works in Massachusetts, including important documents and overviews of regulations, contact and event information to facilitate networking, and personal stories and links which bring the face of homeschooling to life.
• AHEM sponsors conferences and workshops to inform the public about homeschooling while also providing a forum for people to connect and communicate with each other.
• AHEM watches for proposed legislation that may affect homeschooling in Massachusetts and keeps interested parties informed. The organization encourages citizens to get to know their elected officials and maintain active relationships with them.
• AHEM representatives are available to speak to the public about homeschooling. They have been invited to do this at informal gatherings in private homes, library-sponsored events, and public forums.
• Volunteer representatives are available by phone or email to answer questions about homeschooling.
• AHEM maintains a questionnaire and database regarding homeschooling policy and practice in Massachusetts. This data is available to help answer questions about homeschooling practices in specific towns and keep an eye on trends and hotspots.

Homeschooling has come to be to be largely understood and accepted statewide as a bonafide educational option. The tools AHEM provides, including a sample education plan, are widely used and relied upon statewide. As homeschooling continues to grow, market forces have started to play on common fears and insecurities homeschooling parents may have about educating their children. Our work continues to demonstrate that home-centered family-based education is a workable, attractive, and fulfilling choice. Our education efforts are becoming more targeted while still reaching statewide. We are also developing programs such as AHEM coops to strengthen the grassroots nature of homeschooling. Our website has become the go-to source for information about homeschooling in Massachusetts, and we expect that to continue and expand with a comprehensive website redesign now in the works.

Financials

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Operations

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ADVOCATES FOR HOME EDUCATION IN MASSACHUSETTS INC

Board of directors
as of 6/26/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Milva McDonald

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Milva McDonald

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Sophia Sayigh

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Stephanie Griego

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Amy Faeskorn

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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