Sojourn for Middle School Students

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Spokesperson and Leader of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Sojourn for Middle School Students

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Spokesperson and Leader of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Sojourn Project is empowering and transforming a new generation of leaders for social change. We offer two exceptional, customizable seven-day/six-night immersion Journeys, age-appropriate for middle school students. Educational, dynamic, living-history learning experiences that can’t be matched in the classroom, both Journeys examine the evolution of democracy in America and moral responsibility, interpreting history through art. It is our mission that no one is turned away because of income level, academic track record, or immigration status.

When students can recognize that their own voices count, then we have done our job.

#thisisaboutus #knowledgeispower

GETTING STARTED.

MAKE THE SOJOURN JOURNEY.

  • Connect with your school’s designated Sojourn Teacher or contact our office.
  • Get parent approval.
  • Enroll.
  • Make non-refundable tuition deposit of $500.
  • Prepare your financial assistance application, if needed.
    • Use our fundraising letter template and reach out for support.
    • Collect required documentation for your application.
  • Fundraise to help with tuition.
  • Prepare for your Sojourn Journey:
    • Receive study materials and assignments.
    • Fill out emergency and college credit forms.
    • Plan for the Journey.
    • Make final Journey tuition payments.
    • Pack up.
    • Take off.
  • Complete post-Journey assignments and community service.
  • Apply for 3 transferable college units.
  • Impact your school, your community, and the world!

All inclusive.

Air and ground transportation

Meals and lodging

Security, chaperones, nurse

3 units of transferrable college credit

Museums, tours, historical location entrance fees

Classroom venues

Interaction, instruction, and inspiration with veteran leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

Experienced, impassioned educators in history and the humanities

Journey Sneak Peek.

You may cross one of the most hallowed sites in America’s Civil Rights history, on foot. The iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, ground zero for the 1965 voting-rights march from Selma to Montgomery, known as Bloody Sunday.

#civilrightsjourney

Circle around Minnijean Brown-Trickey, transfixed as she recounts facing screaming mobs and daily torment in 1957, the high price of desegregation at Little Rock Central High School.

Visit the front yards, battlefields, bridges, memorials, monuments, towns, balconies, and churches where pivotal events occurred in America’s struggles for liberty. Where people’s civil rights and personal freedoms were won, lost, ignored, or are still in contention. And where the ultimate sacrifices were made.

What our students, teachers, and leaders are saying…

  • "Witnessing students discussing the complexities of the history and policies of the United States in our nation’s revered landmarks is one of my most treasured teaching moments."

    K. McNulty Middle School Teacher, Sojourn Alum
  • "Life-Changing. Transformative. Soul-Softening. Seeing myself as a sister to my fellow brothers and sisters in the walk of life of justice... and Making a gracious oath to no longer be a silent witness in every aspect of my life."

    W. Morgan Student, Sojourn Alum
  • "The goal of teaching is to be able to instill confidence and skills in a student to go along with content knowledge and relate it to the student’s life. Sojourn was able to do that with me by teaching me as a high school student more than just the history of the Civil Rights Movement, but to take action and be a voice of my community…"

    Pablo Aguilera Graduate, Stanford University, U.S. History Teacher, Sojourn Alum
  • "I thought no one cared about us. During my Sojourn Journey, I felt recognized, validated, and empowered for the first time. You could feel it. American Civil Rights speakers talking about their firsthand experiences and showing us that we don’t need to be quiet. Any one of us can bring about change."

    A. Vasquez Pre-Law Student, Social Activist, Sojourn Alum
  • "The students I met on Sojourn Project…received valuable lessons in tolerance, nonviolence, compassion, forgiveness, faith, and social responsibility. These are the concepts that will give rise to tomorrow’s social leaders."

    Congressman John Lewis 5th District of Georgia, Civil Rights Activist
  • "The most impactful thing was meeting Reverend Billy Kyles, because he made me realize that I do have a dream. All I have to do is believe in myself."

    Sojourn Alum
  • "…Before Sojourn,…I was closeminded and judgmental. My grades were suffering and I was lacking inspiration. From Sojourn, not only did I learn about the Civil Rights Movement, I learned about myself. I began to realize that I was capable of succeeding…I now attend college and am interested in becoming a lawyer or police officer…"

    I. B. Sojourn Alum
  • "The goal of the teaching is to be able to instill confidence and skills in a student to go along with content knowledge and relate it to the student’s life…"

    P. Aguilera Graduate, Stanford University and History Teacher, Sojourn Alum
  • "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

    James Baldwin Civil Rights Activist, Writer, Social Critic, Grandson of a Slave
  • "…As the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death approaches, we need to recall his messages more than ever, 'Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.'"

    Minnijean Brown-Trickey Member of the Little Rock Nine, Civil Rights Activist, Environmentalist, Peacemaker
  • "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spokesperson and Leader of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • "I recently partook in a different program, with a similar theme. However, I liked your program more because it was such an emotional experience that really changed who I am as a person. I still think about that trip to this day and all of the amazing people I got to meet on that trip. I would love to accompany you on another trip and possibly teach a lesson with one of the staff."

    J. Manning Sojourn alum
  • "There is a difference between the remembrance of history and reverence for it. We are talking about truth."

    Mayor Mitch Landrieu New Orleans
  • "Sojourn Project allows participants to not just touch history, but to touch those who made history."

    Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles Civil Rights Leader
  • "If not us, then who? If not now, then when?"

    Congressman John Lewis 5th District of Georgia, Civil Rights Leader, Sojourn Mentor
  • "I have witnessed non-engaged students from my school learn and appreciate the value of education on Sojourn and apply those lessons upon their return to school…most gratifying…"

    California County Teacher of the Year Sojourn Teacher Alum
  • "Engagement with and between the kids is incredible. The preparation pre-trip gets them ready for something that's so deep, it seems beyond their comprehension, yet their responsiveness and comments prove how much they're not only getting, but how much they are retaining…It's also about a much bigger picture for them as young adults, developing a level of understanding other people that truly sets them apart – in whatever path they take. I'M BLOWN AWAY!"

    E. Pleschner Sojourn Adult Participant & Alum
  • "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal'."

    Abraham Lincoln U.S. Representative, Lawyer, U.S. President
  • "Witnessing students discuss the complexities of the history and policies of the United States in our nation’s revered landmarks is one of my most treasured moments."

    Karen McNulty Sojourn Middle School Teacher
  • "The most impactful thing was meeting Reverend Billy Kyles, because he made me realize that I do have a dream. All I have to do is believe in myself."

    Sojourn Alum

Sojourn Project is nurturing attitudes and habits that promote respect, compassion, integrity, accountability, and civic responsibility.

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