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Immigrants Lead Boston

A program for immigrants who wish to take more civic ownership and become leaders in the community.

Update: Our next course is fall 2021. Applications will open in the summer. 


Immigrants Lead Boston is a new program for Boston immigrants who wish to take more civic ownership and become leaders in the community. The program is a 12-week course for 15-18 selected residents. They will meet key City of Boston officials and learn how to effectively navigate local government. The goal is for these participants to become leaders in their communities, sharing what they learned with others and becoming civically active on issues that matter to them. Ideal candidates are emerging leaders committed to advocating for their immigrant community within the local City of Boston government. Participants will receive a stipend. 

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Immigrants Lead Boston will provide participants with learning experiences and connections. The program  can help advance your path forward as a leader, professional, and advocate in your community.

The program aims to build on participants’ knowledge, skills, and relationships. We want them to be effective leaders and ambassadors for their communities. Participants will grow their ability to navigate City government, engage with City officials, and advocate for their communities. Topics include:

  • civic engagement
  • housing access
  • economic development
  • healthcare
  • transportation
  • public education and student services
  • courts and criminal justice, and
  • racism and racial equity.

We will also discuss how to navigate City government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each participant will work on a Civic Capstone project throughout the program. They will focus on an issue in their community and apply the skills, knowledge, and relationships formed during the course to address that issue.

Candidates must be Boston residents, immigrants, proficient in English, and at least 18 years old. They also need to be able to commit 2.5 hours a week. Candidates must be committed to:

  • learning civic engagement and leadership skills
  • engaging with City of Boston government and officials
  • leading and supporting their immigrant communities 

Not everyone who applies will be selected. Only selected candidates will be eligible to receive the stipend.

The fall 2020 course is 12 weeks, from October 21 to January 27. It includes a welcome ceremony, 10 content-rich sessions, and a graduation ceremony. Classes are on Wednesday nights, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 course will be online.

Participants must attend all ceremonies and sessions and engage in civic activities outside of the sessions. 

Because of COVID-19 our fall 2020 course from October 21, 2020 to January 27, 2021 will be online. Here's the schedule and agenda:

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Welcome ceremony
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Civic engagement (Pt. 1)
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Housing access
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Economic development
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Healthcare
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Civic engagement (Pt. 2) 
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Public education and student services
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Transportation and human services
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Courts and criminal justice 
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Racism and equity
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Civic engagement (Pt. 3)
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2020, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Graduation ceremony (We hope it will be safe to hold this in-person. This date may be subject to change.)

Each participant will receive $100 for each session they attend for a total stipend of $1,000. The first half of the stipend will be given halfway through the program. The second half will be given at the end of the program.

Participants are expected to fully take part in the sessions, projects, and activities of the program. If there is an emergency and participants cannot attend a session, they will need to immediately communicate with the program manager to make up the missed session. If participants miss a session and do not make it up, they may not receive the $100 for that session.

The stipend rewards participants for their time and commitment to learn, lead, and advocate for their communities. Because not every resident can make this commitment without support, this stipend ensures equitable access to government for all residents.

We will work with you to make sure you have access to the technology you need to take part in this program.

There is no application fee to apply. Only selected candidates are eligible for the stipend. You can find more information in our online form.

The deadline for the fall 2020 course is September 18, 2020. We will notify selected applicants by October 5, 2020.

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