The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry unites communities and transforms individuals through education, service, and advocacy. We engage communities and congregations in social action and change with programs that empower youth and adults to realize their full potential.
For nearly 200 years, the UU Urban Ministry has been working side-by-side with Boston's urban communities to create opportunities and instill hope for a brighter future. We concentrate our efforts primarily in out-of-school-time programming for at-risk youth and shelter for those fleeing domestic violence.
Our ministry is rooted in direct experience and service with those in Boston who are struggling for better lives. We seek to build bridges of understanding and mutuality so that people in various economic circumstances can work together to effect change. Our goal is to create a human community that is peaceful and just.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
Internship opportunities include direct program involvement, liaison work with member churches and social action committees, and agency administration.
Field Ed students can choose to work directly with one of our major programs, serving domestic violence survivors or students in Boston Public Schools, depending on schedule availability, interest, and learning goals.
Roxbury Youth Programs After School
The UU Urban Ministry serves 40 middle school and high school students from the City of Boston. The program runs Monday-Thursday afternoons/evenings, and youth participate in tutoring, homework help, group learning circles, and life skills workshops. The major focus of the youth program is on the intersection between social justice and the arts with an emphasis on social/emotional learning. A field education student would work directly with students, learning about their lives and reflecting on what the students face growing up and learning in an urban environment. A field education student would also work closely with volunteers who are navigating this experience as well.
Domestic Violence Programming – Renewal House and Believe in Success
The UU Urban Ministry has sheltered domestic violence survivors since 1980 through our shelter program in the Mission Hill neighborhood in Roxbury. We serve 5 families at a time in the shelter program and have a 24 hour hotline as well as offer community outreach to survivors living in the Roxbury community. We serve people of all gender identities and sexual orientations in the shelter program. We have a multi-cultural staff, many of whom are bi-lingual in Spanish and English.
Believe in Success is our newest program serving survivors and is an extension of Renewal House providing an opportunity for us to serve more survivors living in our community. Believe in Success is a classroom based job training and educational readiness program (offered in Spanish and English) for survivors which meets Monday-Thursday (9am-2pm) with advocacy/case management hours on Friday. This program incorporates healing, wellness and self-esteem components as critical to the emotional success of the survivor.
In both of these programs, a field placement intern could assist in leading groups and meet individually with participants for spiritual care and assessment.
We are located within walking distance of the Roxbury Crossing T-stop on the Orange Line. Congregational work may require access to a car.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Preaching and Worship
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
Weekly meetings with supervisor. Supervisor would be the Associate Director and Minister of Programs.
- Number of Students: 1
- Total Compensation: $6000.00
- Type of Compensation: Work Study
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