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Embracing Diversity
Youth at The City School celebrate their diversity and backgrounds, and build relationships across race, class, gender and geography to create caring, learning communities committed to making positive change. City School teens come from Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Boston's other diverse neighborhoods as well as from suburbs and outlying communities including Ayer, Brookline, Canton, Cambridge, Milton, Newton, Needham, and more.

Making An Impact
In 2007, our programs served 796 teens, more young people than any previous year. That's an increase of 87% since 2002 -- a marked rise in only five short years. In 2007,
youth participants provided over 2,000 hours of service to nonprofits and community-based organizations through their summer internships. Ninety-one teens participated in prison trips to dialogue with inmates about crime, violence and prevention. And in our Youth Outreach Weekends, participants gave over 1,300 hours of service to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries.

Board of Directors, 2013-14

Priyanka Sharma
Adult Co-Chair
Titania Nguyen ’11
Youth Co-Chair

Purcell Won
Adult Vice-Chair
Laura Diamond ’13
Youth Vice Chair
Thomas Bonner
Pauline Nguyen

Lewis Bryant
Susan Eckstein
Irvienne Goldson
Colleen Hovey
Yemisi Olorunwunmi ’12
Bhavin Patel
Cynthia Peters
Juan Ramos

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The City School originated in 1987 from some simple questions: "Why are some people homeless? Why don't we learn about it in school? What can we do about it?". Those questions from students at Milton Academy helped launch Youth Outreach Weekends, where adult mentors guided teens on service retreat weekends to help uncover the root causes of homelessness -- and devise actions they could take on homlessness and other issues they cared about. At The City School, the Youth Outreach Weekend program continues to this day.

From that start, the Summer Leadership Program began in 1995 as a way to intentfully continue the learning that many young people received on the weekends. The Summer Leadership Program was a collaboration between Cathedral High School, Boston Latin School, and Milton Academy, bringing together a diverse range of teens for hands-on leadership training, seminars on some of the most pressing issues of the day, and a focus on building community and bridging relationships. Today, the Summer Leadership Program brings together youth from across Boston's diverse neighborhoods and from many suburbs, and has expanded to include internships at local nonprofits for all teen participants, and Community Action Projects where the students develop and implement concrete, meaningful projects throughout the city.

From those early beginnings, The City School has grown into a vibrant center for youth leadership development, offering after-school, weekend and summer programs that focus on critical thinking, community building, service work, reflection and action. Our programs continue to unite high school students from the full range of our society, developing long-term leadership skills of diverse young people concerned with social justice.


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To discuss other ways you can help provide incredible leadership opportunities to young people, please contact Ruby Reyes, Co-Executive Director, at ruby@thecityschool.org or 617.822.3075 x16.