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how can we—

Increase pathways to leadership?

how can we—

Advance racial justice?

how can we—

Democratize the government process?

The Leadership Next Gen Fellowship (Lng) strives to democratize the government process, offering underrepresented communities a route to become future civic leaders and policymakers. 

We hold a strong conviction that fostering collaborative social change needs both grassroots and top-level endeavors. This is why LNG is meticulously crafted to hone students' advocacy skills and familiarize them with the legislative process by engaging with community-based organizations and legislative site placements. This transformative experience equips individuals with a multifaceted perspective that will serve as their compass on the path to becoming community leaders and catalysts for social change


Over the course of 16 weeks, fellows develop advocacy skills and learn about the legislative process through a combination of virtual and on-site experiences.

8 weeks working with a Community Partner/nonprofit organization

8 weeks
working with

 Massachusetts elected officials

Ongoing sessions about social justice with the Commonwealth Seminar

Fellow-organized Lobby Day and Graduation Ceremony

Past fellows have worked with the following community partners and elected officials:

  • The Boston Foundation/ Asian

  • Community Fund (TBF/ACF)

  • Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL)

  • Coalition for Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE)

  • Coalition for Better Acre

  • Commonwealth Seminar

  • Common Cause

  • Educators for Excellence (E4E)

  • Higher Ground Boston

  • MA Voter Table

  • Mass CARE

  • Neighbor to Neighbor

  • Our Climate

  • The Health Equity Partnership of North Central Massachusetts (CNHN9)

  • US Senator Ed Markey

  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark

  • Congresswoman Lori Trahan

  • Mayor Michelle Wu

  • Senator Lydia Edwards - May

  • Senator Jamie Eldridge

  • Senator Robyn Kennedy

  • Rep. Simon Cataldo

  • Rep. Brandy Fluker Oakley

  • Rep. Andy Vargas

  • Rep. Natalie Higgins

  • Rep. Vanna Howard

  • Rep. Keefe/Tom Bacon?

  • Rep. Steve Ultrino

  • Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven

  • Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa

  • Rep. Dan Sena

Fellows receive:


check-ins with care throughout the program

Mentorship for each fellow

ELIBILITY AND Selection process

You're a MA
high-schooler or undergraduate student

Applicants must be high school or undergraduate students (age 16 to 25) from underrepresented communities of color or people of Indigenous nations with either MA residency or currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution in MA. 

—and you're passionate about social justice.

Applicants should be interested in civic engagement, racial inclusivity, and social justice.

CARE will carefully evaluate applicants’ resume and written essays, allowing them to articulate their perspectives and passion for social justice.



Articulate your perspective and passion for social justice.


The Coalition will conduct interviews with promising applicants. This interaction will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the applicant's background, values, and commitment to social justice.

The selection process aims to ensure that eligible students with a genuine commitment to social justice have the opportunity to contribute to the Coalition's mission for inclusivity and equity.


December 9, 2023

Application period is now closed.

December 29, 2023

Acceptance notification - delayed till December 30

January 13, 2024

CARE Hybrid Welcome Orientation

January 20, 2024 - January 21, 2024

Commonwealth Seminar Training

February - march

8 weeks with an Elected Official, 4-6 hours/week

April - MAY

8 weeks with a Community Based Organization,
4-6 hours/week


State House Leadership Action (Lobby Day & joint graduation ceremony)

Applications for 2024 cycle

Hear from Spring 2023  Cohort of Fellows

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