Young Civic Leaders Program

The Young Civic Leaders Project  is an 11-month paid internship. The goal of the program is to raise up, politicize and encourage the next generation of leaders. The Young Civic Leaders (YCL’s) are molded into agents of change in their communities through a series of trainings, workshops, project-based learning opportunities and collaborations and more. Upon completion of program, graduation,  Young Civic Leaders are eligible for a scholarship from MassVOTE.

Requirements for Applicants:

  • Must be mid-year freshmen, sophomores, and high school juniors

  • Commitment to participate in both sessions (see below for more information)(two consecutive sessions)

  • Must have a minimum cumulative gpa of 2.5

Session 1: Academic Year (October – June)

From October to June, each YCL member commits to working a minimum of  6 hours per week.. In 2017, the YCL cohort committed to 1) a minimum of 1 site visits per week, 2) at least 2 special events per month, 3) 1 in-house workshop/training per month and 4) 1 guest speaker per month.

With support from the Youth Coordinator,  the YCLs schedule site visits to schools and youth organizations between 4pm and 6pm, Monday- Thursday. They are also responsible for filling in the calendar with events which they may want to attend/should be aware of.  Provided with a list of potential speakers, the youth may choose who they would like to be part of the speaker series.

Session 2: Summer (July-August)

Beginning in July, lasting through August, MassVOTE also hosts additional youth from ally organizations (examples: ABCD, and Boston PIC). During this period, each YCL member commits to working 10am to 5pm, 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday). Longer days allow for more enriching curriculum/professional development trainings. The morning often begin with current events, meditation following to prepare the coordinator, interns and YCLs for the day’s work and activities….

Meet The Young Civic Leaders:


Sawda Mohamed

Dorchester • O’Bryant High School • Class of 2017

FullSizeRender (4)Sawda joined the Young Civic Leaders to expand her public speaking skills help improve the community. The program has reinforced to her the importance of teamwork. Sawda believes that it is important to be civically involved because it allows individuals to be aware of their opportunities and responsibilities and a citizen.



We are currently recruiting! Join the movement. Apply Here

If you are a sophomore or junior in the Boston area, with an interest in civic engagement and public policy, we would love to hear from you. The Young Civic Leaders program provides a carefully selected group of young people with the opportunity to impact their communities positively. For more information, contact MassVOTE at (617) 542-8683. Students can apply by completing the YCL Application found here (PDF).  Guidance counselors, teachers, and PIC coordinators can also phone or email to request applications for students.

MassVOTE is a nonpartisan organization and we do not discriminate based on any protected status under state or federal law. Young Civic Leader applicants may be asked to submit to one or more of the following: a panel interview, release of official transcripts/report cards, and providing recommendations or references.  People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Angel Winston, Coordinator of YCL, at or 617-542-8683 ext. 208 with any questions