Social Justice Education Institute

The Social Justice Education Institute (SJEI) is a program for youth, educators, community leaders, youth workers, administrators, non-profit staff and others who want to strengthen their understandings of racial justice, gender justice, economic justice, queer justice and youth justice. SJEI helps build transformative learning communities that support popular education, healing and accountability. We create interactive and reflective spaces that teach strategies to educators, youth workers, administrators, and others to support those most affected to lead from a justice-orientation. SJEI is the culmination of more than 25 years of The City School's history—building powerful learning communities where young people are engaged in experiential education.


Social Justice Education Institute facilitators provide dynamic and tailored trainings and workshops around racial, economic, gender, queer and youth justice for both youth and adults. We have facilitated for a wide range of organizations including New Sector Alliance, the Community Charter School of Cambridge, Teach for America Boston, Milton Academy and the Young Achievers School. Our workshops are customized to the needs of your organization, and include a consultation and review process to figure out the strongest agenda and facilitators for the goals that you have.

Here’s a list of the foundational workshops we offer. Please be in touch for more information about rates and availability:

  • Racism and Racial Justice 1.0 and 2.0
  • Classism and Economic Justice 1.0 and 2.0
  • Sexism and Gender Justice 1.0 and 2.0
  • Heterosexism and Queer Justice 1.0 and 2.0
  • Challenging Adultism and Youth Power
  • Storytelling for Activists and Organizers
  • Community Organizing and Social Change
  • Anti-Oppressive Facilitation 1.0 and 2.0

Trainings typically range in length from 1.5 to 6 hours, and are highly customized. We also run day-long, overnight and weekend retreats in partnership with other youth programs. We welcome your attendance at one of our upcoming trainings to get a taste of what we do and to determine whether we are right for you. We also offer consulting support on larger school or community based equity projects.


In the Words of Our Partners:

“The City School staff were amazing facilitators and they brought the right kind of energy and approach to the session!”

- Zack Dagneau, Program Manager, New Sector Alliance

“The best thing about the trainings we have had from The City School is that the lessons are taught by students. Learning about social justice and activism from peers seems to make all the difference in the world to my students. The fact that the presenters are so well trained clearly adds to their effectiveness. We have used City School three times in the past and will continue to use them, mostly because my students ask for me to bring them back! Perhaps the best compliment I can share is several of my students have participated in the summer program because they were moved and inspired by the student presenters.”

- Lewis Bryant, Director of Multicultural Services, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School


Contact Amatullah Mervin if you'd like The City School to lead an SJEI workshop at your school, college, or workplace.