St. Mark's Social Center used their space and resources to implement a Freedom School in Boston. The founder, Noel Day, was a passionate community activist and was responsible for developing the curriculum for Boston’s Freedom Schools. Day’s curriculum focused on the history and experiences of Black Americans and encouraged critical thinking amongst students. The teachers of this school were trained community volunteers who encouraged active participation from their students; a challenge that Black students have never been exposed to. It was imperative for these teachers to believe in the intellectual potential of these students in order to instill a sense of confidence within them. It was believed that when Black students have more confidence in their knowledge and opinions, they become more outspoken and would be more likely to contribute to the Civil Rights movement. The overall goal of these Freedom Schools was to prepare Black students to enact social change while also providing a more progressive approach to education that was not available in traditional public schools.
Community centers like St.Mark's Social Center played a large role in minority communities. They are able to provide a more personalized form of outreach to a specific community and act as a safe space for minorities. It is for this reason Boston Freedom Schools were successful. Students felt comfortable expressing their opinions knowing that their peers shared similar beliefs and community volunteer teachers were able to relate the curriculum to the lives of each student making their education more effective. Community centers greatly influence the development of each individual in a community.