This summer marks the completion of the fourth year of Teen JUST-US, a hands-on social justice internship and educational program for Jewish teenagers in the Greater Boston area!

Throughout the six-week program, our cohort has been immersed in the world of social justice. The participants have spent this program interning with ten different not-for-profit organizations including Boston CASA, Community Action Works, Community Art Center, Cradles to Crayons, Discovering Justice, Doc Wayne, Enroot, Fairplay, International Institute of New England, Margaret Fuller House, and Sitters for Scholars.

At internship sites, our teens not only focused on connecting with staff and gaining work experience; each also took on a project to directly benefit the organization with which they were paired. Their projects spanned from organizing fundraisers, to creating social media campaigns, to advocating on Capitol Hill, and beyond!

Redistributing food at Food Link (Courtesy photo)

The cohort members participated in community service-based field trips and studied social justice topics from a Jewish lens. The program focused on six core subjects: disability justice, housing justice, racial justice, immigration rights, food justice, and environmental justice. At Teen JUST-US, we make it our mission to broach these topics head-on and allow for meaningful opportunities to learn.

This year, achieving that mission included:

Building beds for homeless children
Building beds for homeless children (Courtesy photo)

Throughout the program, our teens have gained communication and advocacy skills and have developed a broader sense of social awareness and responsibility. The past six weeks have been a chance to connect one cohort of teens sharing a mutual interest in tikkun olam—repairing the world—with a network of opportunities to give back to their local communities. We are excited about what they have learned, the impact they have had this summer, and are thrilled to see where this leads them in the future!

Visit our website to learn more about the program and hear from our teens themselves.

Pulling weeds along the Charles River
Pulling weeds along the Charles River (Courtesy photo)

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