Immigrants Lead Boston
Update: Our fall 2021 course begins in October. Applications closed on September 5.
Applications are closed for the fall 2021 course.
Applications will be reviewed and participants will be notified in early October. The fall 2021 course is October 26 to February 1.
- Applications for the fall 2022 course will open in the summer of 2022.
- There is no application fee. You must be at least 18 years old and a Boston resident to apply. Please see the "common questions" section of this website for more details.
Immigrants Lead Boston is a program by the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement for Boston immigrants who wish to take more civic ownership and become leaders in the community. The program is a 12-week course for 20 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
- health and human services
- public education and student services
- public safety, and
- racism and equity.
Each participant will take part in civic engagement activities throughout the program. They will apply the skills, knowledge, and relationships formed during the course to learn how to address issues and advocate for their communities.
Candidates must be Boston residents, immigrants, proficient in English, and at least 18 years old. They also need to be able to commit 3 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 2021 course is 12 weeks, from October 26 to February 1. It includes a welcome ceremony, 10 content-rich sessions, and a graduation ceremony. Classes are on Tuesday nights from 6 - 8 p.m. The fall 2021 course will be online.
Participants must attend all ceremonies and sessions and engage in civic activities outside of the sessions.
Our fall 2021 course from October 26, 2021 to February 1, 2021 will be online. Here's the schedule and agenda:
- Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 6-8 pm: Welcome Ceremony
- Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 6-8 pm: Civic Engagement (Pt. 1)
- Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6-8 pm: Racism & Equity
- Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 6-8 pm: Housing Access
- Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 6-8 pm: Economic Development
- Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6-8 pm: Civic Engagement (Pt. 2)
- Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 6-8 pm: Public Education & Student Services
- Tuesday, January 4, 2021, 6-8 pm: Transportation
- Tuesday, January 11, 2021, 6-8 pm: Public Safety
- Tuesday, January 18, 2021, 6-8 pm: Health & Human Services
- Tuesday, January 25, 2021, 6-8 pm: Civic Engagement (Pt. 3)
- Tuesday, February 1, 2021, 6-8 pm: Graduation Ceremony
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.
The deadline to apply for the fall 2021 course is September 5, 2021. We will notify selected applicants in early October.