You can create real change
Circles of Action gives you the chance to get to make a real difference in your community. You and other middle and high schoolers (7th-12th grade) will join Circles that will meet weekly (in person and virtually) throughout the school year to learn about a social justice issue that you choose and to create an action project to help address it.
Completion of the program will result in an award of up to 80 hours of community service.
Tell Me More!
Community & Friendships
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.
Action for Good
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.
You’ll be guided by interfaith mentors from university programs as you learn, dialogue, and take action. Mentors for the 2020-2021 Circles of Action came from programs like MIT’s Addir interfaith fellowship program and Boston College’s PULSE program and other community partners!
What will this year of Circles of Action look like?
Monthly Full-Group Meetings
Weekly Circle-Specific Meetings
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!
What to Expect
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!
What issues will we tackle?
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 within our theme for the year. This year, we’ll be choosing our overall theme with your help. K4PB is partnering 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 is launching a Youth Listening Campaign, where young people from congregations all over the Boston area can share what issues are impacting them, and what issues they’re most passionate about. We’ll be picking our theme for the year based on these conversations, so check back here to find out what theme we end up choosing together!
Program costs are $50/month for September – April, but we never want finances to be a barrier to your participation. Up to 100% scholarships available. Just click on the lightbulb above.
Frequently Asked Questions
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:
- Attend one full-group meeting per month. Meetings will be on Sundays from 2-5pm
- Attend one meeting with your group, called a Circle, online each week for 1-1.5 hours
- Spend about 1 more hour per week doing work on your project
In general, we recommend budgeting at least 2 hours per week for Circles of Action, and 4 hours during weeks with a full-group meeting
- September 19
- October 17
- November 14
- December 12
- January 23
- February 20
- March 13
- April 10
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! Mosaic 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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