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Activate Youth Justice Journeys offer high-school aged youth, ages 14 to 18, the opportunity to deepen their understanding, transcend boundaries, and ignite their passion for justice through immersive and experiential learning.
Current youth service journeys explore themes of racial, economic, climate, and immigration justice, and the intersections of spirituality & social justice as a whole.

The Activate programs have become a very important part of my development in every way. I am so grateful for the opportunities provided.

Jenna, Activate Boston 2016



My UUCSJ experience last summer was my favorite week of my entire summer.

– Isak, Activate Boston 2016

Activate Journeys Offer Youth:

  • A variety of options for hands-on service and activism
  • Having fun and forging connections with teens from around the country
  • An opportunity for a “boundary-crossing” experience
  • Introduction to questions of power and privilege
  • An opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of domestic and global justice issues
  • The chance to deepen bonds with each other and form relationships with local communities
  • Multi-leveled growth and development (socially, spiritually, politically, etc.)
  • Inspiration and motivation to engage with social justice issue in their home communities

— Current Programs —

All programs are customizable for your group’s learning needs.

PLEASE NOTE: March through July are very popular travel times, and journey availability may be extremely limited  

Racial Justice
New Orleans, LA

Immigration Justice: Borderlinks
Tuscon, AZ

Climate Justice
Boston, MA

Exchanging Communities & Culture
El Lagartillo, Nicaragua

Appalachia in Transition
Beards Fork, WV

Solidarity with Migrant Farmworkers
Immokalee, FL

Scheduling an Activate Journey

UUCSJ will schedule open enrollment Activate Journeys throughout the year (scroll down the page for current dates); however, if you wish to schedule a journey with your youth group, email Your email should include the following information:

  • Information about your group: location, congregation (if applicable), number of potential participants, age range
  • Which journey(s) the group is interested in and why
  • Potential travel dates

Please note: March through July are very popular times and journey availability may be extremely limited.

If you’re interested in organizing an activate in your area, you should also email

Journeys typically run for a minimum of four days, and a maximum of seven days for domestic travel (longer for international travel). Summer is the most popular time for youth travel, so we strongly recommend groups reach out to UUCSJ at least six months in advance of the proposed travel dates.

For youth groups wishing to travel together, a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 (10-participant minimum) is required to reserve specific dates.

Program Costs

Groups only pay for the direct cost of each program. UUCSJ does not receive any portion of the participant fees.

The costs of journeys vary based on the destination and length of the program. Refer to individual destination pages for more information. UUCSJ program costs do not include travel to and from the journey location.

Need-based financial aid options may be available.

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Activating the Next Generation

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