Freedom House

A group of youths stand together and smile

Freedom House is building economic, racial and social equity in our communities through education and leadership development. Founded in 1949 by Muriel and Otto Snowden, Freedom House has been a leader in addressing the impacts of poverty and racial discrimination through its programming and civic engagement activities. Freedom House increases post-secondary access, graduation rates and career readiness by providing holistic youth development programming and services to our students. Through this work it aspires to advance educational equity and economic opportunities for Black, Brown and Immigrant youth throughout our communities. For more information about Freedom House, visit

This is Hestia's first year funding Freedom House. The two-year grant of $25,000 each year will support the Preparing Urban Students for Success in Higher Education (PUSH) program.