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 2024 program.

2024 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 8 & Tuesday, July 9

  • Virtual: Thursday, July 11; Monday, July 15; Tuesday, July 16; Thursday, July 18; Monday, July 22; Tuesday, July 23

  • Closing retreat & graduation: Thursday, July 25

  • 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
Applications for the 2024 Program are CLOSED.

Soon we will announce the participants of the 2024 Cohort!

Learn about the 2023 Cohort

Sixteen high school students from across North Carolina participated in the 2023 SSJA. Click the link to learn more about their journey!



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