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July 1 to August 14, 2014
Are you a teenager interested in applying to SLP?
Applying to SLP is a four step process:
1 Complete this form right now.
Are you a social justice educator interested in teaching SLP?
Contact Tara Venkatraman with questions about teaching in the Summer Leadership Program. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost of SLP
The Summer Leadership Program is a paid job, and also has a sliding scale tuition based on family income. The program is free for families making under $50,000. Our goal is to make the program accessible for all families. In 19 years we have not turned anyone away based on family income.
You can pay tuition or make a contribution securely below.
The Summer Leadership Program (SLP) began in 1995, with SLP 2014 marking our 20th summer. The program provides teenagers with an exciting, powerful, diverse and fun summer of community building, self rediscovery, leadership skills, action projects, internships at local nonprofits, and challenging seminars to transform themselves into powerful voices for change.
High-school-age students from Boston's diverse neighborhoods, surrounding communities, and outlying suburbs enroll and are accepted into the Summer Leadership Program. Youth who have participated have come from high schools including City on a Hill, Needham High, Boston Latin Academy, Concord Carlisle High, Beaver Country Day, South Shore Christian Academy, Trinity Academy, South Boston High, English High, Newman Prep, Brighton High, Boston Arts Academy, the Winsor School, and many others.
Once accepted into the Summer Leadership Program, students participate in a three-day, two-night retreat in order to explore common bonds and build a sense of community. Then they launch into six and a half weeks of intensive seminar learning, service work, and concrete community action projects.
Students meet Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays in a large assembly created
by the Student Staff team
and then move on to smaller groups. These groups build relationships
and discuss how everyone is doing, talk about current events and
their links to the past and possible future, and have deep
dialogs about the diverse identities of those within the
groups. On Tuesdays and Thursdays students spend their time in meaningful
internships at businesses, community-based organizations.
After six and a half weeks of powerful programming, the Summer Leadership Program concludes with three events: We Rise Up, the presentation of all the summer's Community Action Projects; the interactive and completely student-led Final Presentations of everything covered in the Seminars; and the Graduation commencement celebrating all of the student achievement and growth throughout the course of the program.
During the Summer Leadership Program I realized that youth have the power to change the world.-- Marcus Hughes, Summer Leadership Program, 2008
Prison Empowerment Project
Contact Royal Nunes if your school or group would like to participate in the Prison Empowerment Project.
The Prison Empowerment Project (PEP) sponsors dialogue about crime and punishment among diverse groups of youth and adults inside and outside the walls of Massachusetts' prisons.
The U.S. has five percent of the global population, yet 25% of the prison population. Have you ever wondered...
Using these questions as a springboard for discussions, PEP offers an opportunity for thorough, realistic conversations about prisons and justice. Teens and adults travel with staff to local prisons to hear inmates' stories, as they explore real-world realities, the impact of criminalization, alternative sentencing, and much more. They challenge themselves and others to break down stereotypes and help find solutions to the increasing violence in our world.
High-school-age individuals and older are welcome to participate.
(PEP operates with support from the Prison Voices Program at the
Bay State Correctional Center and The Boston Police Department Community Disorders
Unit and School Safety Unit.)
Contact Royal Nunes if your school or group would like to participate in a Youth Outreach Weekend.
Youth Outreach Weekends are service retreats for young people to explore two connected issues in our world: poverty and homelessness
Youth Outreach Weekends began in 1987 with the idea of engaging young people about the root causes of hunger, homelessness and poverty. Since then, over 2,300 participants have come through our doors to experience a Youth Outreach Weekend.
Happens on a Youth Outreach Weekend?
Teens can sign up for a Youth Outreach Weekend individually, with friends, or with a group from their school or church. Typically, about twenty youth attend a Youth Outreach Weekend. The weekends are geared for high school teens, but we welcome groups both younger and older: 8th graders, college students, teachers, corporate staff and others.
44% of the homeless population is employed.
The average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is
Uncover the stereotypes... and discover these and other realities at our next Youth Outreach Weekend.
The Grads' Program
The Grads' Program gives young people who've come through our doors a concrete place to expand their leadership potential and continue to build community with like-minded teens.
Young people join the Grads' Program after they've completed a summer, weekend or after-school program at The City School. Whether they've participated in our intensive Summer Leadership Program, a Youth Outreach Weekend, or an evening at the Prison Empowerment Project, they join with other grads to build community, power and action.
School Year 2008-2009 Activities
Grads' Program for the 2008-2009 school year includes weekly
workshops; free Capoiera Angola classes;
Saturday sports, games, and movies; weekend retreats;
advocacy work; and more!
GLU (Grad Leaders United) are the youth leaders of the Grads' Program. They help coordinate a major Youth Summit in Boston each May, and organize The City School's yearly trip to New Orleans to continue post-hurricane Katrina service work and connections with youth organizations in New Orleans. GLU also advocates for youth funding for jobs, coordinates youth-led events, arranges and leads overnight retreats, and receives one-on-one mentoring with adult staff.
Rose From Concrete
Tara Venkatraman for
more information about our Rose From Concrete program.
Rose from Concrete (RfC) is a program that provides leadership development, resource referral, education and job skills to court-involved youth in Greater Boston.
The goal is provide young people with education and resources to actively work for social change. RfC is a weekly leadership group that serves young men and women between the ages of 14 and 18 who are court-involved or have been involved with the criminal justice system.
RfC's approach is to use the young people's hands-on knowledge of the juvenile justice system as a spring-board to develop youth leadership skills. We help provide an opportunity to heal their anger and frustration, access to educational resources, leadership skills, and help realizing their personal and community power by finding their social, political and person identities.
Social Justice Education
Contact Seth Kirshenbaum if your school or group would like a Social Justice Education Institute workshop.*
How do we build powerful, loving communities where everyone teaches and learns?
What is my vision for collective
learning and change?
The Social Justice Education Institute (SJEI) is a program for educators, civic leaders, youth workers, administrators and others who want to strengthen the power of youth and explore ways to get young people to challenge themselves to take ownership of their own education.
SJEI helps build transformative learning communities and teaches strategies to educators, youth workers, administrators and others to inspire young people to own their education, take leadership in the classroom, and focus on social justice in their communities.
In education systems where teachers, youth workers, administrators and others are being pressured to create curricula that teach to standardized tests, we build community by asking critical questions like those above, and engaging in honest, meaningful discussion among youth and adults.
The Social Justice Education Institute is the culmination of over twelve years of The City School's history -- building powerful learning communities where young people are engaged in experiential education.
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