The Trinity Institute



Empowering Students to Lead and Love


The Trinity Institute for Leadership and Social Justice is a leadership development and service program that empowers Boston Trinity Academy students to integrate faith, learning, and service. Through civic engagement and personal actions, students raise awareness of local and global concerns and develop as servant leaders.


One of the major goals of education is to provide students with a clear vision for living a fulfilling life. Such a life includes deep connections with the wider community that is informed by the biblical mandate for restoration of right relationship between God, people, and the world.


Our goal is not only to develop student leaders who are active, engaged, and personally responsible people. We aim to go deeper, teaching Boston Trinity Academy students to be thoughtful, justice-minded, and service-oriented leaders, abounding supernatural love.


The Trinity Institute has three main components: leadership trainings, student-led action groups, and school-wide learning opportunities.




Leadership Training



Students need to exercise leadership in context. One tenet of Boston Trinity Academy’s mission is to develop student leaders who work for the greater good of society as a whole.


The Trinity Institute aims to raise awareness of various societal challenges and justice issues not just locally, but globally.


We teach Boston Trinity students to explore questions such as: How have healthy human relationships been broken in the context of a particular issue? How can one help to bring about restoration of what is fair, just, and healthy? What are the root-causes of some specific injustices we see in our communities and in our world?

Student-Led Action Groups


The Trinity Institute for Leadership and Social Justice serves as an incubator for student-led action groups. Each group focuses on a specific issue of justice and service.

These groups are pioneered and led by students, reflecting the passions of the student leaders and the needs we see around us.


Each group operates as a dynamo of wisdom and love within the school and in the community, as student leaders research their issue and strategize and implement plans to advocate, raise awareness, or directly meet a felt need pertaining to their focus issue.

School-Wide Learning Opportunities


The Trinity Institute provides opportunities for all Boston Trinity students to gain awareness of issues facing our community and our world through several school-wide initiatives. From Middle School on, students participate in Boston Day and Trinity Term. These opportunities take students outside of their typical studies in order to expand their point of view and integrate their learning with concern for faith, justice, service, and community.


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Joel David Franks

Director of Trinity Institute for Leadership and Social Justice, Faculty

Melanie Sabtchev

Co-Director of Trinity Institute