Social Justice Institute

High school students can make a difference in the summer! Students in the Social Justice Institute earn community service hours and learn more about social justice issues while providing much-needed volunteer service to the poor and homeless women at Rosie’s Place. 

Thank you for your interest in the Social Justice Institute Summer Teen Program. Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, we will not be holding a Summer 2020 session of the Social Justice Institute. Please check back in early 2021 for details about our next session.


  • High school students ages 16-18
  • Volunteer for any 12 shifts serving lunch or dinner in our Dining Room or assisting guests in our Food Pantry
  • Attend a social justice training as well as an educational seminar about issues facing our guests
  • Complete a self-guided service project, independent research project and reflection paper
  • Shifts in July and August. Shifts are offered 7 days a week during morning, afternoon and evening hours


  • Meet other sudents interested in social justice
  • Help people in need and learn about issues impacting your community
  • Complete high school community service requirements 
  • Gain volunteer experience to include on college applications
  • Receive a certificate of completion and a reference letter detailing your service 


  • For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Click the image below to download the flyer. 

2019 SJI Flyer









“From Rosie’s Place… I’ve come to realize that social justice is not just about treating people equally, it’s also about showing people the kindness, compassion, and respect they deserve…[Guests] face a day with no one showing them respect because they’re homeless, or no one sending a smile their way. Rosie’s Place shows the women that they matter and deserve kindness.”


"...this experience has put actual faces, hundreds of them, on the sometimes-abstract words 'homelessness' and 'scarcity.' It has humanized the people who are systematically dehumanized. When I start to feel distant from issues of scarcity or talk about social justice in lofty or abstract terms, this will be my anchor to bring me back to the actual people who struggle under these burdens on a daily basis and whose short and long-term needs Rosie’s Place is struggling, but always striving, to meet. I am thankful to Rosie’s Place and its guests for taking me into the learning zone, in which I received, and participated in, vital lessons in patience, compassion, and humanity."