Boston Youth Organizing Project 565 Boylston St, Boston, MA02116 The Boston-area Youth Organizing Project is a nonprofit group supporting youth-led campaigns for social causes. Members…More of the BYOP are between the ages of 12 and 18 and are elected by their peers to organize projects centered on issues concerning young people. Projects are adult-supported but entirely organized by the young elected members. The BYOP recently had success extending curfew hours for the MBTA student passes and is now continuing a campaign for public transportation improvements such as running more buses and making a youth pass available for non-students. BYOP also partners with Alliance for Educational Justice and the Save Our Schools program in a campaign to get a higher percentage of public funds allotted to education. It is also currently working on establishing a scholarship program for its members.
The Ayer Mansion 395 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA02215 The Ayer Mansion is a historical site located on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. Originally built for businessman and art…More collector Frederick Ayer, the location was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005. The mansion is beautifully designed, with stone and glass mosaics, custom furniture, intricate plaster work and sophisticated stained glass windows. The non-profit organization, the Campaign for the Ayer Mansion, has worked to restore and preserve the site, which is open 12 days a year and by appointment. The house is also regularly open for lectures and other events. To donate to the organization, check the website for details.
United Colors of Benetton 140 Newbury St, Boston, MA02116 United Colors of Benetton is a socially responsible and inspiring group that sells Italian styled clothing and…More accessories to 120 countries. The enterprise is wholly owned by the Benetton family, and many of United Colors of Benetton's campaigns showcase diversity and equality. The group also shows a strong involvement in ethical and social issues around the world. You can find your local United Colors of Benetton on 140 Newbury Street.
The Body Shop 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA02199 The Body Shop sells all-natural bath, body and skin care products, including makeup, shampoo and conditioner, and…More perfume. Some of the Prudential Center Body Shop's best sellers include the coconut body butter, hemp hand protector and peppermint cooling foot lotion. It has a wide selection of gift options along with products for men. As an international chain, The Body Shop is a socially and environmentally conscious company outspokenly against animal testing and typically at the forefront of human rights campaigns.
Boston's YWCA – the first to be opened in the U.S. – has a long history of social activism and advocacy.…More Today, the YMCA is more active than ever, offering a number of programs and classes with the aim of empowering women, fighting against racial prejudice, and alleviating the plight of urban youth.
These programs include the Youth/Police Dialogues (a campaign to build trust between young people and policemen, in the hopes of curbing urban violence), women's health classes, financial literacy workshops, community outreach, professional development/career counseling, Stand Against Racism, and the Academy of Women Achievers (an evolving list, begun in 1995, to honor particular women for their civic and professional achievements).
The YMCA also provides affordable, temporary housing for women and students, and they advocate politically on behalf of women, youth, minorities, and the poor. This YMCA is located at 140 Clarendon St., which is a newly renovated historical headquarters. The YMCA relies heavily upon an activist volunteer base, and opportunities for service abound.