Next Generation Leadership Program (NGL)

Leadership development is at the core of LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s mission and is now one of our guiding principles. Mentoring and networking both significantly determine an individual's opportunities for success in school and employment. Therefore, mentoring is fundamental to the nurturance of today’s youth who will become tomorrow’s leaders.

The NGL program will “utilize our volunteer Líderes board, and their peer networks, to mentor Latino youth from high school through college and beyond, as they move toward a law career path.” To that end, LJP will pair high school and college students with a Líderes mentor based on each student’s background and interests.

Mentorship and Educational Counseling

  • Themed mentorship program where young lawyers are matched with high school and college mentees.
  • Mentees receive latest info on college and law school admissions, and access to higher education professionals.
  • Parents receive support and updated information through specialized workshops.

The mentoring program will have two key components:

  • Group themed programs, where mentees can learn about different legal fields and legal issues, as well as interact with their mentors in person. Examples: youth social justice days (high school); luncheon panels, brown bag lunch series, speed mentoring events where mentees get to interact with many Líderes members (and other members of the bar).
  • Individual meetings for our college aged mentees, which can take place by phone, email or in person, ideally on a weekly, but at least on a monthly basis, at venues such as the Lider's office or a nearby coffee shop.

Who is eligible to participate in NGL?

Student Mentees:

  • 11th Grade (Rising seniors in Summer 2017) to Undergrad
  • 3.0 or greater GPA (B or better)
  • Strong record of school attendance and extracurricular activities
  • Teacher/educator recommendation
  • NYC students; nearby NJ students
  • Interest in law career
  • Active, involved parent/guardian
  • Application and parental consent form must be submitted to include:
       - An essay describing their academic and/or career goals (see application for details)
       - Resume (if available)—including activities, volunteerism, and employment

To apply to be a mentee, please download the form here and email it to Sonji Patrick at spatrick@latinojustice.org.

Mentors:

  • Member of Líderes Board and/or recommended by a Líderes member
  • Must participate in mentor training session
  • Commitment to participate in group activities with mentees (especially high school mentees)
  • Commitment to provide at least one hour of in-person mentoring per month (for mentees 18 and over)
  • Commitment to attend annual training and biannual mentor/mentee roundtables
  • Participation in initial and final surveys
  • Must submit resume (and agree to background check)

To apply to be a mentor, please download the form here and email it to Sonji Patrick at spatrick@latinojustice.org.

Have Questions? Please direct all inquiries to spatrick@latinojustice.org.

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