You’ll be matched with a group of about 8 diverse, interfaith participants and 1-2 mentors to research a social justice issue of your choice and then design and implement a project to help make an impact on that issue. You’ll meet with your group once a week.
You’ll learn important skills like research, interviewing, project management, advocacy/lobbying, public speaking, dialogue, cooperative problem solving, and more.
You’ll use your new skills to design and implement a project together with your Circle that will make a real impact on your communities.
Once a month, we’ll meet all together- everyone in Circles of Action, from participants, to mentors, to staff, will come together one Sunday per month from 2-5pm- you can find the schedule below! We’ll get to know each other, build community, talk about the issues we’re working on, learn new skills, and work on our projects together. These monthly meetings will be in person (as long as pandemic conditions allow)!
Every week, you’ll also meet with your individual Circle for 1-1.5 hours to work on your project! Your mentors will help guide you as you do your research, plan your project, and take action. These weekly meetings will take place online and will be scheduled by your group, so the timing will depend on your schedule!
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What to Expect Each month
Explore how your faith calls you to action and learn the research skills you need to understand the world around you- not boring research skills, but the kinds that will help you explore and really understand what’s going on!
Identify a community issue that you and your teammates are passionate about.
Create research instruments and conduct research with leaders and other people impacted by the issue you’re researching.
Determine root causes of the issue and its impacts on the community- and how you can make a difference
Design an action project – there are so many ways you can make a difference, from offering direct support to community members, to lobbying elected officials, creating awareness campaigns, and more!
Implement the skills you need to make your project a success. Do you need to learn how to tell a compelling story to your elected officials? Need to know how to coordinate volunteers to tackle a project? Understand how to make a complex project manageable? Whatever you need to make your project work, we’ll learn it together!
Take action for your community by making your project happen
All monthly meetings, below, will be held 2-5pm on Sunday afternoons in Dorchester. Your meeting with members of your Circle will be online, and you’ll decide on a schedule together at the start of the year.
Please note the slight changes in schedule below! Circles of Action will now begin in October, and the final program meeting will be May 1st.
* May 15
*Tentative date of the K4PB/Circles of Action Celebration
This year, our theme will be Mental Health & Access to Mental Health Care, and our theme came from all of you! This past spring, K4PB partnered with The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), a network that organizes people across faith communities to come together and advocate for change, successfully bringing thousands of people from all over the area together to successfully lobby for our communities. As a member of GBIO, Kids4Peace Boston held a Youth Listening Campaign, where young people from congregations all over the Boston area shared what issues are impacting them and what issues they’re most passionate about. Based on what the middle and high schoolers in the youth listening campaign told us, we’ve picked Mental Health & Access to Mental Health Care as our theme for the year- and GBIO has put it on their advocacy platform, too!
We’ll explore how Mental Health & Access to Mental Health Care intersects with topics like race, gender, faith, ability, socioeconomics, school, and more, and together with GBIO, we’ll take action to help make sure everyone in our communities can get the health care they need.
Change doesn’t happen unless we work for it! In order to make a difference through your Circle, you should be prepared to commit to:
Participants should plan to attend meetings on:
We will also have a special end of the year celebration and showcase, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 15th!
The K4PB community is made of middle and high schoolers representing different faith traditions from all over Massachusetts.
While high school and middle school participants may share some sessions together, such as general skill building sessions, middle school and high school students will be in separate project groups, allowing the projects to be tailored to the needs of each age group.
We welcome congregational representatives with us in this interfaith journey. If you’d like to be a mentor or learn more about your congregation’s involvement in Circles please email us at email@example.com
We’re so glad you asked! Kids4Peace Boston works to create more just, equitable, and peaceful communities through interfaith connection and action. We offer year-round programs for middle and high school youth from many different communities and faith traditions throughout the Boston-area to come together, build community, learn, and use their newfound connections, knowledge, and skills to build the world they want to see around them.
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Each one of us is responsible for making sure we live in just communities where all community members are valued, respected, and given equal opportunity to flourish. Help make that a reality through Circles of Action.