Next Leaders Program

The world crisis in governance, economic stability, and ethical guidance demands that we do our best to secure and sustain a better future. To sustain the movement, we need to galvanize those most impacted by the broken system: young people. A 10-week program, Next Leaders offers young activists training in public scholarship, that is, the connection between policy research, advocacy, and grassroots activism. Through its workshop and events series and individualized mentorship, Next Leaders looks to sharpen young scholar-activists’ voices and hone their skills. In addition to hands-on experience, each cohort will leave the program with a more nuanced understanding of environmental, racial, economic, gender, and peace justice.

Applications for the 2018 cohort of Next Leaders are now open.

Watch the video below, produced and edited by Visual Communications and Design intern Hannah Hunter, to learn more about the 2016 summer experience from the Next Leaders themselves.

Latest Work

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Ireland’s Taking $380 Million Out of Fossil Fuels. Where Should It Go?

The Atlantic country has a huge opportunity to model getting money out of fossil fuel companies and into the hands of the people.
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Incarcerated Workers Strike Against Dehumanizing Prison Conditions

A nationwide strike takes charge at everything from slavery to sentencing. Organizers say it could be the largest U.S. prison resistance action to date.
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Schools Need Resources, Not 'School Resource Officers'

Turning schools into prisons means sending kids to real-life prisons. There are better ways to keep students safe.
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If Ireland Can Get Out of Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too

Almost 900 cities, universities, and governments have divested over $6 trillion from the fossil fuel industry. Why not yours?
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Drifting Away from Peace

According to a new study, peaceful countries are getting more peaceful while the violent are getting more violent.
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New Currencies for a New Economy

To build local power, activists in Bristol are taking aim at the root of all evils: money.
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Collective Action is Key to Keeping Labor Strong

As long as workers band together, they can make concrete improvements in their working conditions.
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Pashtun Lives Matter

In Pakistan, the police killing of a Pashtun social media star stirred a popular uprising for democracy and demilitarization.
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This Hurricane Season, Puerto Ricans Are Imagining a Sustainable Future

Puerto Rican movements are rebuilding their island in a way that not only enhances climate resilience, but also reclaims their political power.
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It’s Not Just the U.S. with a Gerrymandering Problem — Look at Pakistan

In one Pakistani province, it took just 544 voters to choose a chief minister. But 80,000 minorities there may not get a single representative.
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Abolishing ICE Isn't Radical — It's Rational

ICE is supposed to keep Americans safe. Instead, it's terrorizing refugees, families, and small children.
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel

Thousands of Arab Bedouins in Israel's Negev desert are denied power, water, sewage, and roads by the state. And their villages are under constant threat of demolition.
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Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio Is Deeply Disturbing

The president called a man who freely violated people's constitutional rights a "patriot." What does that make his victims?
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The View From the U.S.'s 'Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier'

Ratcheting tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are now nothing new for its Pacific colony Guam.
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Nearly 50 Senators Want to Make It a Felony to Boycott Israel

The goal is to frighten people from engaging in the completely legal act of living out their values.
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I’m a Jewish American Who Wanted to Visit Israel. I Got as Far as the Airport.

A new Israeli law bans travel by anyone who supports a nonviolent boycott for Palestinian rights — including Jews who break with the government's right-wing line.
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In Guam, the Gravest Threat Isn’t North Korea—It’s the United States

The United States is using this Pacific colony as its own private firing range.