Youth Leadership, Across Difference, For Justice

The City School develops and strengthens youth to become effective leaders for social justice.

We work with young people ages 14-19 living in Boston and its surrounding suburbs who are emerging leaders and have a passion for social justice. Our community intentionally crosses lines of race, class, gender, and neighborhood.

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Summer Leadership Program Videos

Click here to learn about SLP and watch our promo video

Visit TheCitySchoolBoston, our new YouTube channel, to see videos produced this summer by Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow Erika Simon.

Contact Tara Venkatraman or Royal Nunes with questions about the Summer Leadership Program. or

The City School is grateful to The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke for placing a Hines Fellow with us for the 2010 Summer Leadership Program.

Congrats to our 2013 Posse Scholar
The City School congratulates Niccole Kemani Williams '10 as a Posse Scholar as she enters Centre College in Kentucky in September 2013.

Social Justice for Adults
We've taught Social Justice Education to teachers, administrators, and youth workers so they can get tools to fold social justice into their everyday work with young people. Contact Seth Kirshenbaum if you'd like a Social Justice Education workshop at your school, college, or workplace.

After-School & Weekend Youth Programs
If your school or group would like a Youth Outreach Weekend or a Prison Empowerment Project workshop, visit Programs for details or contact Stan Dominique for more information.

City School on YouTube
Thanks to a generous grant from Adobe, City School youth leaders participated in the Adobe Youth Voices project and put their digital video-making skills into action! Check it out here.

Congrats, Royal Nunes!
City School youth leader Royal Nunes was featured in The Boston Herald on May 5, 2008 for "Standing up against Violence". And he received the Special Recognition Award for Activism at the 2008 Massachusetts Victims Rights Awards. Read more or check out the Boston Herald article.

New Orleans, 2008
Organized by City School grad Shane Bass, eight youth and three adult staff travelled to New Orleans for a third year and did some great work to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Details here.

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Applications Now Being Accepted Summer Leadership Program 2014


Click Here for More Info or email

Please Note: Applicants for Sub/Urban Justice, one of The City School's core partners, should apply here as well.

SLP 2014 Volunteer Intern Positions Available

The City School is looking for interns to be part of our Summer Leadership Program this summer. We are looking for Social Justice Education interns who will help to facilitate curriculum around race, class, gender and sexual orientation, and we are particularly seeking people of color to help lead race-based affinity workshops and work. This is a rare opportunity to experience and practice social justice education in an intergenerational, multiracial and cross class community.

Email for more info or the application.

The City School Co-Hosted Two Mayoral Forums on Youth Issues

and more...

Youth leaders from The City School and our allies built youth power and a relationship with our next mayor at two mayoral forums with:

State Representative
Marty Walsh
Wednesday October 16
26 West Street - downtown
(SEIU 615)

City Councilor
John Connolly
Monday October 28
26 West Street - downtown
(SEIU 615)

These forums were organized by three groups:
- Youth Jobs Coalition
(TCS is a founding member)
- Youth Justice and Power Union
(TCS is a founding member and a core leader)
- Youth Organizers United for a Now Generation

For more info: or 617-800-9522

Forum Supporters (list in formation):
Beantown Society, Bikes Not Bombs, Boston-area Youth Organizing Project, Boston Student Advisory Council/ Youth On Board, Chinese Youth Initiative, Design Studio for Social Intervention, Dorchester Bay Youthforce, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, El Movimiento, 4th Presbyterian Church, Generation Citizen, High Risk Youth Network, Hyde Square Task Force, Madison Park Development Corporation, Massachusetts College Democrats, Opportunity Youth Collaborative, Project HIP-HOP, Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project, Sociedad Latina, South End/Lower Roxbury Youth Workers Alliance, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

and of course The City School

THANK YOU!!! We surpassed our fundraising goal and enjoyed a beautiful event.

Radical Futures and Prospects for Freedom

Angela Y. Davis and Noam Chomsky

Moderated by Vijay Prashad

Watch the Conversation - Click Here

Watch Project HIP-HOP Perform - Click Here

Watch Foundation Movement and Company Perform - Click Here

Watch the Promo Video - Click Here

Thank you for Celebrating Change

with us on May 31. The City School's annual fundraiser & awards ceremony. We honored three community leaders BIG PICTURE awards...

Merveline Chambers
Mothers for Justice and Equality

Reverend Jason Lydon
Community Church of Boston

Josefina Vazquez
Boston Women's Fund

For more information contact

Youth Leadership For Social Justice

The City School's Next Five Years

5 Year Plan Cover

TCS Strategic Plan 2010-2015

Learn about our plan to lead The City School into the future. With this plan we are building on what is good at The City School and working with focus and clarity to make it great.

The City School is a vibrant and unique youth organization in Boston that brings together teenagers from Boston's diverse neighborhoods and outlying communities in programs that combine creative education and critical thinking about social justice issues with hands-on leadership, learning, reflection and action.

Our goal is simple yet powerful: to transform lives and communities by helping young people embrace difference, tackle issues head-on, reflect, act and give back. Our model of youth work demonstrates how we educates ourselves and others to make meaningful change in the world around us. And it works.

Each year nearly 800 young people come from the city and outlying communities for leadership development and social justice education in our summer, weekend and afterschool programs. Teens build relationships across race, class, gender and geography; create caring, learning communities committed to making a meaningful difference; and use what they learn to carry out action for social change in their neighborhoods and communities.

SLP class 2003

Our Programs In Brief...

The Summer Leadership Program is where teens learn that individually and collectively, they are powerful agents of social change. Sixty diverse teens unite to bridge social barriers and empower themselves with hands-on leadership training, classroom learning, internships at local nonprofits, and social action projects they implement throughout the city. 

Youth Outreach Weekends engage teens in the realities of homelessness and poverty. City School youth leaders guide the way with challenging discussions, learning games, workshops to uncover root causes and undo sterotypes, and community service at nearby shelters and soup kitchens.

The Prison Empowment Project connects people inside and outside of Massachusetts' prisons. Youth and adult participants travel to prisons to dialogue with volunteer inmates about the circumstances, behaviors and choices that have caused them to be behind bars. (Taught in collaboration with Boston Police Dept. Community Disorders Unit.)

The Social Justice Education Institute uses The City School's pedagogy and youth-adult model to assist teachers, youth workers, administrators, civic leaders and others in developing curricula and programming with a strong social-justice-based focus. The goal is to transform our practices and engage young people to help support youth agency, voice and leadership. (Educators can receive Professional Development Points through the BPS Center for Leadership Development.)

The Grads' Program promotes youth leadership, youth power and youth action for teens who've been through any City School program. It strengthens their leadership skills and knowledge, provides a proactive place for networking, and engages in youth-adult collaboration on advocacy, service work, retreats, the Youth Summit and more.

Rose from Concrete uncovers the leadership potential in youth who are court-involved, through workshops, leadership training and learning groups at several DYS community re-entry sites.

Contact Us:

The City School
614 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA  02125
(617) 822-3075
fax (617) 822-3073
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