Applications for SJI - Youth Activists - Fall 2021 are now open ! Apply here.
The Social Justice Immersion (SJI) is an after-school program held during the Spring & Fall for Black, Indigenous and Teens of Color interested in creating social change. It is a place to connect, organize, gather, laugh, play, learn and step up, expanding & deepening our collective ideas of change and building core skills to organize direct action. Youth have the power of becoming stewards of both their natural and social environment. Youth and most specifically historically marginalized youth, have the power to shape culture, shape their community and thus shape change.
SJI combines hands-on land based arts & skills, collective leadership, civic engagement & political education. It is a community transformational space to develop a loving relationship to the land, ourselves and each other.
Social Justice Immersion - Youth Activists - Fall 2021 This fall our Social Justice Immersion (SJI) Youth Activist program will be organizing for action! This is a place to practice strategies and explore the roles we can play in the social change ecosystem. In our moves towards social change we center healing and joy. This group is for highly dedicated individuals passionate about social change and the drive to grow movement. We will be meeting with community leaders, members and organizers to discuss and mobilize the needs of our Tompkins County community.
Who is this for? This program is for Black, Indigenous, and youth of color ages 14 - 19 who are passionate about community organizing and activism. Where is this? We will be meeting in several locations downtown and at the Youth Farm Project Farm located at 24 Nelson Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.
When is this? Sept 27 - Nov 19 (8 weeks) Tuesdays & Thursdays 4 pm - 6:30 pm Applications for SJI Fall 2021 program are now open !
Social Justice Immersion - Spring - 2021 This Spring we will meet at the farm three days a week for two hours and plant seeds, learn about different plants, talk about various social justice topics, activism, how to liberate ourselves and be justice leaders. Participants will take home veggies and get a $350 stipend at the end of the program. This program will be held in-person. Most of our time is spent outdoors on a farm. We follow a COVID-19 protocol to maintain safe distances and keep our participants safe.
Where is this? Youth Farm Project Farm 24 Nelson Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
When is this? April - June (about 8 weeks) Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 4 pm - 6 pm Applications for SJI - Spring 2021 program are now closed ! They will open back up again next Spring.
This is transformational space, a place where we can come together to expand our sense of power, unlearn, rediscover and imagine, remembering nourishing examples of liberation movements so we can humbly do our part.
“SJI helps me reunite with the earth. To have the opportunity to work as a team with people that I love, to strive for radical transformation of the food system in the name of land sovereignty is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life. It gives me purpose, but more importantly it gives me hope, that reviving one’s sacred connection to the earth will no longer be recognized as a privilege, but as a fundamental human right.”
Consider the roles played in social movements and then match them with your own skills and passion. What kind of power/skill do you bring to your community? What skills do you want to develop?