YCL is an 11-month paid internship for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. From October to June, each YCL member commits to working 6 hours per week, while maintaining at least a 2.5 grade average. Beginning in July, lasting through mid-August, MassVOTE also hosts additional youth from ally organizations. During this period, each YCL member commits to working 10am to 5pm, 4 days a week. Upon completion of program, graduation and admission to college, Young Civic Leaders are eligible for a scholarship from MassVOTE.

The Young Civic Leaders (YCL) are molded into agents of change in their communities; they organize and mobilize their peers to be more civically engaged in their neighborhoods. YCLers develop competencies in the following key areas: Civic Engagement, Professional Skills Development, Community Engagement, Media Relations and Educational Activities. The YCL Program gives its youth the tools that they need to become leaders in their communities through a series of:

  • Trainings
  • Workshops
  • Project-based learning opportunities
  • Collaborations and more


What makes YCL Unique?

YCLers develop competencies in the following key areas:

Civic Engagement: voter education, voter registration, Get-Out-The-Vote activities and mobilization
Professional Skills Development: relationship-building/networking, grant writing, budget management, event planning and organizing
Community Engagement: organizing, relationship-building with community-based organizations and volunteerism
Media Relations: press releases, T.V. , news paper, and radio interviews
Educational Activities: workshops, field trips, trainings, research and tutoring

Meet The Young Civic Leaders:

Charlene Tavares

Dorchester • Boston Community Leadership Academy • Class of 2017

CFullSizeRenderharlene made the choice to join the Young Civic Leaders to engage herself in a new field of study and expand her knowledge and awareness of politics. Since joining the Young Civic Leaders, she has learned that individuals really can make a difference. She learned that every vote counts and that reaching out to others in the community has a big influence. Charlene believes that it is important to be civically engaged because it leads to greater community involvement.

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 awinston@massvote.org or 617-542-8683 ext. 208 with any questions