Boston’s Social Justice Academy

2013LeadthruMSIThe Social Justice Academy in Boston did powerful work engaging students as decision-makers.

Through sixteen student-created committees, students were involved in a variety of functions throughout the school, covering everything from school decor to student/adult relationships.

According to one study, “each week an entire period is devoted to committee meetings and advisories; committees meet once a week for fifty minutes and have two teachers acting as advisors. Twice a month, two student representatives from each committee meet with [Youth On Board] staff for team-building activities and sharing of committee information.” (Joselowsky and Aseltine, 2008)

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