Summer Social Justice Academy

The Youth Mentoring Collaborative’s Summer Social Justice Academy is an intensive three-week paid hybrid summer experience for youth to explore how to respond to some of society’s most pressing issues impacting them, including mental health, access to high-quality education, contact with the criminal justice system, and economic opportunities.

YMC will select twenty-five (25) youth applicants to join the 2023 program.

2023 Program Details


Applicant Requirements
  • High-school aged students; rising 9th through rising 12th graders
  • Able to travel to Durham, North Carolina for the in-person program experiences
  • Part of a mentoring program (preferred)

Not sure if you're eligible to apply? Contact us at with the subject line, "Summer Social Justice Academy Eligibility."

  • In-person opening: Monday, July 10 & Tuesday, July 11

  • Virtual: Thursday, July 13; Monday, July 17; Tuesday, July 18; Thursday, July 20; Monday, July 24; Tuesday, July 25

  • Closing retreat & graduation: Thursday, July 27

  • Receive a $250.00 stipend
  • Engage in peer learning and group projects
  • Learn about the rich history of youth civic engagement in NC
  • Meet social justice advocates from across the state
  • Complete a project throughout the program that showcases learning objectives; this project will be used to support nonprofit programs in the Triangle
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the mentoring movement in the Carolinas and beyond

How do I apply?


You can apply using the button below! The 2023 Summer Social Justice Academy application is comprised of four parts:

  1. Information about you, the student, like your email address, phone number, grade, and so forth.
  2. Long-answer questions about how this experience will benefit you; we recommend typing these answers in a separate document and then copying and pasting them into the application.
  3. Parent, guardian, or emergency contact information. You will need a parent or guardian's presence for this section.
  4. Your pledge to participate fully in the Academy.
Applications are due no later than Friday, April 28th, 2023 at 11:59pm.

Ready to Apply?

Start your application to join the Youth Mentoring Collaborative's 2023 Summer Social Justice Academy by clicking the button below.



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