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BCCJ's New Contact Information:

Mary Yntema, Interim Executive Director

Mailing Address:

BCCJ c/o Holland + Knight

10 St. James Ave, 


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InIt - The Leadership Initiative

The Leadership InItiative – known as InIt - unites a highly diverse group of students from the city and the suburbs, public and private schools, and many different personal backgrounds. InIt grows out of a trusting community formed by these highly diverse youth. That community allows teens to discuss tough issues that affect them personally and often divide society. They understand themselves more fully and can set new goals. They then pursue those goals as leaders - both in their personal lives and also in schools and communities. YWCA Boston takes InIt students through that process - from learning to leading. Thanks to this program, students come together to create social events and fairs. The organization of such events is quite interesting and increases the rating of the student as an active public figure. In addition to active participation, it is necessary to demonstrate the results of the activities in the form of an essay, this written part of the work, which is less interesting for young students, can be performed by a custom sociology essay writing service By joining the program, students not only get to showcase their leadership and organizational skills but also learn how to collaborate with others toward a common goal. These soft skills are highly valued by employers and can help students stand out in the job market.

An InIt year includes:

• The powerful overnight “InIt Immersion Week” in August – packed with exercises, discussions, and training to deepen understanding of diversity, society, and self.
• InIt program days meet monthly on Saturdays to help students stay focused, build new skills and strengthen the new InIt community they have established during Immersion Week.
• Coaching and support all year to help delegates take action as leaders
• The opportunity for mentoring from BCCJ’s adult alumni
• YWCA Boston Youth Council activities such as the fall retreat, graduation/reunions, Friday Night Flicks and special events
• A spring graduation and celebration ceremony
• Lifelong membership in the Alumni Network along with adults and businesses who care about social responsibility, diversity and social justice

Delegations from the following schools and organizations are represented in the InIt Class of 2011:

Academy of the Pacific Rim
Beaver Country Day School
Boston Latin School
Breakthrough Cambridge
Brewer High School (Maine)
Brimmer & May
Cambridge School of Weston
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Dorchester YMCA
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
Fenway High School

Massachusetts General Hospital
Milton Academy
Milton High School
Newton Country Day School
Newton North High School
Philips Brooks House Association
The Boston Police Department
The Engineering School
Winsor School

JOIN an InIt Delegation- Click HERE for application materials

IInIt is built on partnerships between YWCA Boston and area schools, communtiy organizations and youth programs. Partners send a delegation of 2-6 student leaders entering grades 10, 11, or 12.

The tuition for the 2011-2012 InIt year is $1500 per student* ($150 month), which includes the summer retreat as well as ongoing programming and coaching support throughout the academic year. Tuition is typicall paid by the partner organization or schoo. Financial aid is available to schools and organizations that are unable to pay the full tuition. Additionallly, a delegation may be matched with outside sponsorship.

Applications are accepted between March and June of 2011 and interviews are required of all applicants.

*While InIt tuition is $1500, the actual per student cost of the program is $3800. YWCA Boston actively seeks corporate, foundation, and individual support to subsidize the difference between the tuition and the actual cost.

InIt Immersion Week: August 14-20, 2011

Program Days: 10am - 5pm

Saturday, September, 24, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Culture Night: Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Graduation: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Download the InIt 2012 Brochure here

Information for partner schools, youth organizations, and staffers- Click here

If you are interested in applying or have questions please contact:

Ruben "Ocan" Ortiz

Youth Leadership Program Manager

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