You’ll be matched with a group of about 5 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 learn important skills like research, project management, advocacy/lobbying, public speaking, dialogue, and cooperative problem solving.
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.
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Learning and Doing Together
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 a community service project or an advocacy/lobbying campaign – 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
During Circles, you’ll be working with a group of participants to learn about and take action on an issue that you are all passionate about. This year, we’ll have two options for your overarching theme: racial justice or climate justice. When you sign up for Circles, we’ll ask you to tell us which issue you’d prefer to work on, so that we can put you in a group with others who want to work on that topic, too! These are huge topics, so you’ll then work with your group to narrow it down to the particular issue you’re passionate about. Here’s some information about each topic to help you make your choice:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The safety of our community is of paramount importance. All our program delivery will be virtual for the foreseeable future. We believe Circles will deliver a unique opportunity for young people to take action for change in meaningful and safe ways.
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.