School Year Program

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The school year Sub/Urban Justice Leadership Practicum offers after school leadership development for teens of high school age from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and other nearby communities.

We meet on Sundays and Tuesdays from 3:30 – 6:30pm at The Democracy Center (45 Mount Auburn Street) in Harvard Square. To get involved, contact Jordan at to schedule an interview. 

Teens are EDUCATORS:

  • learning about topics like racism, classism, gender issues/sexism and heterosexism
  • developing experiential, story-based curriculum
  • facilitating workshops and trainings for their peers


  • training in the cycle of organizing and methods of social change
  • taking action on issues that impact them
  • practicing the skills of civic engagement through advocacy at the city, state and national level


  • exploring their own identities
  • building meaningful relationships across class, race and neighborhood

In the words of Sub/Urban Justice teen leaders: 

This community is the only place that I go where I feel like I can be all of me, and that I don’t need to adapt myself to fit into some bigger culture. One Tuesday I’ll plan a workshop around minimum wage, that Sunday I’ll be teaching the workshop to a group of my peers, and next Tuesday I’ll be out on the street with a bunch of my friends asking for signatures. Next year when I first get to vote I will be voting on that bill that I helped to put on the ballot.
-Kate, 17, Boston

My friend who works at Sub/Urban Justice invited me to come to a Minimum Wage Training. I was a little astounded at the teenagers who cared about issues that I wanted to learn about. I signed up for an internship, and a week later I was in Harvard Square, asking for signatures for a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage. I was so happy to actually learn that as a youth, I could begin to make a difference.
-Lukas, 16, Arlington

I came to Sub/Urban Justice to complete an internship requirement expecting to be doing bureaucratic work in a dimly lit office. My experience here has been so different than my expectations. From the first day I was caught up in the whirlwind of action. I was out on the street petitioning to raise the minimum wage, and before I knew it, I was leading workshops for people my own age on race and class. Every Sunday, surrounded by people who share a dedication to improving the world around them, I gain more and more hope that our world is truly on the path to improvement.
-Sophia, 17, Brookline

It was amazing to me that Sub/Urban Justice could give you choices on the specific type of work that you wanted to do.  This organization has given me opportunities to be a better leader and through those opportunities I have learned so much. My eyes have been open to many problems in society that I never had thought about. I am truly grateful for the work that I do and the organization that allowed me to do it.
-Nakiyah, 17, Medford

When I think of social justice, I think of all the articles that my friends and I used to debate and discuss. Although these conversations were political and inspiring to a 13-year old, I saw no way I could ever make a difference for society and all of its inequalities. Now, I have the opportunity to work for social equity in Boston and surrounding neighborhoods and to share some of my experiences with racial, gender and class inequalities that I have witnessed first-hand living in the ever so interesting neighborhood of Dorchester. I’m proud to say that I’m now a youth leader working at Sub/Urban Justice.
-Ian, 17, Boston