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Next Generation Leaders


History of the Next Generation Leaders Program

After years of providing scholarships to inner city youths in the Dorchester, Roxbury, and Allston areas, Harriet Lewis, Chair of Grand Circle Foundation and Vice Chair of Grand Circle Corporation, decided to provide a richer experience for young leaders. In 2007, based on her passion for education and leadership development, Harriet recognized there were few programs for students in the year between high school graduation and the start of college, and developed the Next Generation Leaders Program. The goal of the Next Generation Leaders Program is to provide work, leadership experience, service and international travel, which develop the skills and confidence for NGLs to succeed in a 4-year college and be stronger global citizens.


Key Program Components

  • 2-day Orientation program during April school break

  • 7-week paid professional work experience between June and August

  • Leadership development sessions every Friday during the internship

  • Community service opportunities in Boston and Tanzania

  • 10-day International Leadership Trip to Kenya and Tanzania


Application Information

  • Must be going into your 1st year of a 4-year college 

  • Minimum 2.7 GPA

  • Resident of Dorchester, Roxbury, or Mattapan

  • Be nominated by one of the Lewis Family Foundation key partners


Additional Resources

For more information about applying, please download the attached program flyer, or contact Angie Jaimez for more information (

  • Applications are currently closed and will re-open December 2019.

  • To download a 1 page overview of the NGL program, click here.

HUGE Thank you to our airline sponsor, Kenya Airways, for their incredibly generous support.

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