Youth Leadership, Across Difference, For Justice

Leadership Transition Announcement 

It is with bittersweet emotions that the Board of Directors of The City School (TCS) and Boston Mobilization (Mobe) announce the transition of our dear Executive Director, Myriam Ortiz. After almost four years, Myriam is leaving her position at the end of February. Under her tenure, she oversaw the affiliation agreement between Mobe and TCS to create a stronger partnership between longtime collaborators. Myriam led a successful capital campaign that paid off the mortgage for TCS’s home in Uphams Corner. With guidance, she nurtured cross-organizational connections beyond TCS and Mobe by providing support to the Unnamed Coalition and several fiscally sponsored groups. We are grateful for Myriam’s service and wish her well in all her new endeavors.

Myriam’s departure is not felt in a vacuum. Several local youth development organizations are also undergoing leadership transitions. Our Board of Directors is not taking this trend lightly. We are analyzing these developments and their impact on our partners with an awareness of complexity as we move forward. 

While Myriam leaves our organization in a stable position, a transition committee has formed with representation from board members, staff and community members who are working hard to assure a smooth transition for The City School and Boston Mobilization. We are confident that grounding this process in the values that have sustained us for over 20 years - empathy, solidarity and steadfast resilience - will soon establish a new phase of leadership to drive this grassroots youth work forward. If you'd like to be in touch with our transition committee, please reach them at

Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon!

The City School Welcomes Diploma Plus

Diploma Plus is an alternative high school that allows for students to still achieve their highschool diploma through a non-traditional bps schooling model. Diploma Plus will run Monday-Friday on BPS school days from 11am to 3pm at The City School. For more info please contact Janine Quarles at 617-822-3075. 

Intergenerational Movie Screening Hosted by The City School and Wakanda Rising: 

The City School partnered with Wakanda Rising to host a community Screening of The Hate You Give a film directed by George Tillman Jr, and based on the novel written by Angie Thomas. The two groups also hosted follow up community discussion on the different forms of systemic oppression and real life experiences of Black people the movie depicts.

Wrapping Up A Transformative Summer: Summer Leadership Program 2018

The City School's flagship Summer Leadership Program brings together a community of over 80 young people, young adults and staff to support young people to develop leadership and fight for social justice. Thanks to all our incredible participants, Emerging Leaders, staff and community partners for supporting one of our most transformative summers yet! Check out our SLP 2018 Data Snapshot

Exciting Next Step: New Affiliation Agreement with Boston Mobilization

We are very excited to share with you some important news. After several months of thought and discussion, we have decided to enter into an affiliation agreement with our very close and long-time partner, Boston Mobilization!
Boston Mobilization develops and empowers teen leaders for social justice and has been a long time collaborator of The City School through our Summer Leadership Program as well as their Social Justice Leadership Institute.
The City School is committed to supporting organizations with similar missions and in that spirit decided to offer a new home to Boston Mobilization's core program, Sub/Urban Justice, as well as its other existing programs. Our Board of Directors believes that by integrating the two organizations' programs we are building strategic strength especially in the face of such important times in this country.  We will continue developing youth leadership and bringing together youth across difference for social justice.
Stay tuned for more exciting events and activities coming this fall.  Reach out to the TCS Staff if you have any questions and/or would like to offer your support during this important and wonderful transition for our organizations. 

Thank You For Joining Us for Celebrating Change on May 11th!

With support from community partners and alumni, we were able to surpass our goal for fundraising and raise $16,500! Thank you for making Celebrating Change 2017 so successful! Your support will ensure that our programs continue to educate, organize and mobilize youth leaders for social change.

Congratulations to our 3 Big Picture Awardees for 2017: Lovely Hoffman, Cristina Rodrigues and Sabrina Acloque.