Activate Boston: Climate Justice

2013 Activate participants and leaders. View the 2013 slideshow on Flickr.
Sister Linda leads the youth group on a walking tour of the South End and Dudley Square neighborhoods during the 2012 Youth Justice Training. View the 2012 slideshow on Flickr.
2012 Activate participants working at the food pantry at Haley House, Boston. View the 2012 slideshow on Flickr.

Don’t just learn about justice — do justice!

This one-week training for high school youth offers interactive social justice education and meaningful work with local organizations engaged in the climate justice movement. Participants will see firsthand Boston’s historic roots as a harbor city built primarily on landfill, and how that pushes up against the city’s future as climates change and sea levels rise. In a program grounded in UU values and practices, participants will learn about systems of privilege and oppression and how we are called to respond to our world’s changing needs.

This program will run from Saturday, July 9 to Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Youth who attended high school (grades 9–12) during the 2015-2016 school year are invited to attend.

How to apply

Registration for Activate! Boston is now closed

Cost and Financial Assistance

The full cost of this program is $980 per participant. Financial assistance is available by application for those with demonstrated financial need. With financial assistance, this program’s direct cost is as low as $225.

If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, be sure to fill out the relevant questions on the application. Financial aid is contingent on the availability of funding, and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost includes lodging, food, supervision, and all programming. Cost does not include transportation to and from Boston.

What Participants Had to Say
  • “[This] is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life… I truly cannot express how good this program was for me. I’ve turned from someone who was sort of interested in social justice to a true activist and I would never have been able to do that alone.” —Amethyst M.
  • “I was honestly pretty unsure of what to expect… but I did know that I wanted to learn about how to work in social justice and to meet other people who were interested in the same things, and it turned out to be just what I was looking for!” —Sophie M.
  • “I loved it, I felt that everyone should have an education on these issues, and I think that this program can open up worldviews, whether you are UU or not.” —Madeline R.
Accommodations and Supervision

Participants will stay in Andover Newton Theological School’s spacious single dormitories with shared bathrooms, access to common rooms, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a communal kitchen. Located in Newton Centre, on the MBTA Green Line, youth will have easy access to their program and internships. Fans and basic furnishings will be provided. Participants are asked to provide their own linens.

This is an active, urban program. Participants will be supervised by adult staff overnight and during the day for the duration of the program. They will be provided thorough orientation to the city and its public transportation system.


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Watch this great video that highlights participants’ reflections from 2013’s youth justice training in Boston.