The Next Generation Fellowship (NGF) is a leadership development and policy advocacy training for formerly incarcerated or justice-involved individuals from across California. It supports emerging leaders in 1) Advancing racial justice and cultural healing, and 2) Influencing state and local government through policy advocacy. The fellowship focuses on ending mass incarceration by promoting healthy, safe communities. 

The 2021 Next Generation Fellowship application period closed on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Please stay tuned in for updates and future opportunities.

Fellows will leverage their personal and professional experiences to drive transformative change in the justice system. Over three 2-day virtual sessions, coupled with supplementary opportunities for engagement, participants will take part in culturally-relevant dialogues and activities. These will foster effective storytelling, civic participation, and strategic advocacy. Through NGF, fellows will recognize their lived experience as a form of expertise that can influence policy-making and strengthen campaigns for justice reform. NGF brings together a community of advocates and mentors to support fellows and facilitate future leadership opportunities.

2018 New Generation Fellows gather for the first NGF training session in Sacramento, CA.

2018 New Generation Fellows gather for the first NGF training session in Sacramento, CA.

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) and MILPA (Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement) co-facilitate the fellowship. Together we meet the diverse needs of formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals by creating a unique leadership pathway in the movement to end mass incarceration. NGF prioritizes racial equity, cultural healing, and building the people power necessary to end the carceral system's array of harmful practices and policies.

“Every hour was packed with some very valuable information and was disseminated by highly qualified people. That is priceless! I was and am so honored to have been a part of such an amazing program.”

- NGF Fellow

Learn more about how to apply or contact or (415) 621-5661 x. 103 with questions.