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Join the Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program aims to spark dialogue that leads to real-world impact, empowering those who might not traditionally view themselves as leaders.

The Emerging Leaders Program brings together Harvard students motivated about social change and leadership with high school students from the surrounding Cambridge area. Drawing upon Radcliffe’s unique history, the holdings of the Schlesinger Library, and partnerships with local schools, the curriculum focuses on leadership development, the history of social movements, and practical civic engagement skill development.

Harvard College sophomores and juniors are eligible to participate as mentors. Through online sessions, mentors support and encourage high school participants’ success in the program. College mentors also have an opportunity to develop their own leadership and mentoring skills and to advance their knowledge of youth leadership, social movements, and civic engagement.

Program Details

If you are interested in connecting with, inspiring, and mentoring high school students on topics of leadership, social activism, and civic engagement, this program is perfect for you. Mentors enhance their own perspectives on leadership and learn hands-on knowledge and skills while guiding their mentees through the program. Mentors also engage in training and reflection sessions together, providing opportunities to meet classmates outside your own program or extracurricular network. Rising sophomores and juniors are invited to apply. 

Mentors, who are paid $15 per hour, are expected to commit to approximately 70 hours between October 2020 and May 2021. In the fall, they attend and participate in a series of two-hour training sessions on mentoring best practices with other mentors and in a mentor-mentee orientation event. In the spring, mentors attend and participate in approximately 14 weekly two-hour program sessions with mentees. Themes include youth development, leadership, social movements, and civic engagement. Throughout the year, mentors participate in monthly mentorship and reflection sessions as well as evaluations and assessments of the program.

You are right for the student mentor role if you: are a currently enrolled Harvard College student in your sophomore or junior year; exhibit a passion for youth leadership and mentorship; are able to commit to attend and participate in training sessions, group meetings, and reflection sessions throughout the year; have strong peer leadership and facilitation skills; and demonstrate good interpersonal and communication (written and verbal skills).

Successful student mentors serve as positive role models for their mentees and potentially as advisors for future iterations of the Emerging Leaders Program.

The 2020-2021 application deadline has passed. The 2021–2022 application cycle will open in late summer.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kristen Kravet or Abbie Cohen with any questions.

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