Next Generation Leaders Application 

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Next Generation Leaders Program Overview

Next Generation Leaders Program Goal:  To provide professional work experience, international travel, service and leadership experiences that develop skills and confidence in our Next Generation of Leaders to succeed in a 4-year college and be stronger global citizens.

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. While academic experience is the foundation of success, there are other experiences that are valuable – professional work experience, community service, and an international adventure travel experience. The work experience provides the discipline and business etiquette skills needed to be successful in any job. Community service projects allow the groups to help the community and develop leadership and planning skills. The international travel experience provides a way to “level the playing field” for college freshman.


Criteria for Nominees

Personal Background:

  • Attends a Boston district or charter public school
  • Resident of Dorchester, Roxbury, or Mattapan 
  • Has demonstrated resiliency during challenging life situations
  • Deeply believes education and college is a pathway for their success

 Academic Requirements:

  • Minimum of 2.7 GPA
  • Accepted to and planning to attend a 4-year college 
  • 95% high school attendance rate (over 4 years)

Travel Requirements

  • Has not traveled outside the USA, except with family
  • Must be able to obtain a USA Passport 
Key Deadlines
  • Friday, February 8th: Application due by 5 PM  
  • Friday, April 5th: Letter(s) of acceptance to 4-year college due & USA passport attainment plan

Key Program Components


1) 2 day unpaid Orientation program, April 18th – April 19th:

  • Overview of Grand Circle Corporation, the company values and the internship program
  • Day 1 to be held on an offsite location in Kensington, NH (transportation provided)
  • Day 2 to be  held at 347 Congress Street, Boston MA

2) Seven-week paid professional work experience, June 17th- August 16th, where you will:

  • Be provided with a specific job description within a department, with an assigned supervisor at Grand Circle Corporation
  • Have weekly goals and Key Result Areas (KRA’s)
  • Have performance measured weekly, and if you do not meet performance standards, you will be placed on a plan to improve performance
  • Work Monday – Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, at an hourly wage of $12.00 per hour
  • Step out of your comfort zone, take risks, and practice open and courageous communication

3) Seven-week leadership development sessions every Friday afternoon, June 17th - August 16th:

  • Sessions will include business etiquette, communication skills, financial planning and money management, time management, social media, and more
  • You will facilitate a weekly session on a specific topic, evaluate and rank each other’s performance, offer feedback on how to improve
  • Sessions will bring in leaders from the community to share their journey to leadership

4) Community service opportunity:

§  You will plan and participate in one Boston community service event and one in Tanzania, Africa

5) International adventure travel opportunity July 22nd - August 3rd:

  • You will travel to Kenya and Tanzania for a 12 day all expenses paid trip
  • You will not be paid during this travel time
  • You will develop leadership skills as “Leader of the Day”, and rank team members performance daily, while offering feedback on how to improve 

 “We’re so glad that we can offer the chance to see another world beyond Boston. While I always love learning about other cultures and ways of life when I travel, I usually end up learning a lot about myself, too.  I hope this international travel opportunity will help the young people better understand just how talented they are and how much potential they have. Travel is a great way to learn.” 

  -Harriet Lewis

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Instructions for completing the application:

·         Upload required documents with application: cover letter, resume, and headshot photo

·         Parent/Guardian Signature is required and can be scanned and uploaded to application

·         If needed, you can email questions to:

 Due date for application is 5 PM Friday February 8th, 2019

The inability to complete any of the elements above will disqualify your application.

Application and Nominee Requirements
General Contact Information

Emergency Contact / Guardian Information For Program

Academic Information
Note: A copy of  your College acceptance letter(s) will be required by April 5, 2019

Extra-curricular & Leadership Activities
In each section below, please list each organization/team name, leadership roles, and the amount of time you've been involved.

Travel Information

To travel to Kenya and Tanzania, you will need the following: 
  • USA Passport valid through 12/31/2020
  • Yellow Fever Shot (usually free through health care provider)
  • If under 18 by June 1st, need parent permission

Short Answer Questions
Please answer each of the questions in 250 words or less. 

Cover Letter & Resume: Please attach word documents, NOT Google Document Links.
Head Shot Photo & Parent/Guardian Signature: Submit JPG file, NOT Google Document Links.

NGL Application 2017 Guardian Signature