74 N Prospect St, Amherst, Ma 01002
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Our missionWe seek to create robust academic and social challenges, opportunities, and activities that allow each young man to realize his full potential within a close-knit community of family, teachers, and volunteers.

Amherst A Better Chance

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Host Family

Interested in learning more about becoming a host parent/host family? There are no “requirements,” i.e., family size, age of children, etc. Successful host families have been parents with an empty nest and parents with young children, as well as parents with children currently in the secondary schools.
  • Weekly
  • Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends


Help with fundraising activities such as the Fall Foliage Walk, help maintain that ABC house, or serve on the board of directors.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpThe ABC House depends almost entirely on the help of volunteers.
About usWelcome to Amherst A Better Chance, in Amherst, Massachusetts. ABC is a national residential high school program that prepares academically talented and highly motivated African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American students from educationally underserved school districts for college and future leadership roles in the broader community. Since the Amherst program began, over 120 ABC scholars have graduated from ARHS, and they have attended more than 50 colleges and universities. Scholars live family-style with the RDs in a warm supportive environment enriched by daily sessions with Amherst College tutors.
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