Young Civic Leaders

Cropped_YCL Alumni Day Group Photo

The Young Civic Leaders, a MassVOTE program, gives youth the tools that they need to become leaders in their communities. Through active participation in trainings, workshops, and project-based learning, Young Civic Leaders are molded into agents of change in their communities; they organize and mobilize their peers to be more civically engaged in their neighborhoods.

YCL is an 11-month paid internship for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Each YCL member commits to working 6 hours per week, while maintaining at least a 2.5 grade average. Upon graduation and admission to college, Young Civic Leaders are eligible for a scholarship from MassVOTE.

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

We are currently recruiting! Join the movement.  Apply ASAP.

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 (Word Doc).  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 Shaughnessy Barboza, Coordinator of YCL, at or 617-542-8683 ext. 208 with any questions.