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About The Ella J. Baker House

Transforming inner city neighbourhoods one child at a time.

The mission of the Ella J. Baker House is to mentor, monitor, and minister to high at-risk youth in the city of Boston. Two key programs of the Baker House are the Youth Violence Reduction Taskforce (YVRT) and the W. E. B. Du Bois Society. Over the last fifteen years the YVRT has met weekly for strategy sessions between law enforcement, religious and social service organizations in the city to track and reduce incidents of violence among youth. The Du Bois Society is another program and is run in collaboration with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. It has been in operation for over fifteen years, creating seminars conducted by Harvard professors for high-school students of African descent. Students from the Du Bois Society have gone on to matriculate at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and other prestigious universities.

"Bringing The Change" is an annual program by the Baker House geared at reinforcing students' skills during the summer months when they often lose ground academically.

About the BTC Program

The Bringing the Change Program is designed to address the educational growth of some of the most disadvantaged students in Boston.


Academic summer programming is provided to students who are in grades 5 through 7 in the 2022-23 academic year.


Mathematics and ELA modules are taught in the mornings. Afternoons are dedicated to enjoyable activities including visits to a local park, arts and crafts, board games, and movies, while all-day field trips are enjoyed on Fridays and Wednesday afternoons provide trips to local attractions.


The program runs for five weeks, July 10, 2023- Aug 11, 2023, from 9 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday, serving thirty students all together, ages 10 - 14. It will be housed in the Lila Frederick Pilot Middle School, 270 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02121.

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