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Next Generation Fellowship

The Next Generation Fellowship (NGF) is a leadership development and policy advocacy training for formerly incarcerated or justice-involved emerging leaders 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. This fellowship focuses on ending mass incarceration by promoting healthy, safe and supportive communities.

Fellows will leverage their personal and professional experiences to drive transformative change in the justice system. Over three 2‑day sessions, coupled with supplementary engagement opportunities, 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 justice reform. NGF brings together a community of advocates and mentors to support fellows and facilitate future leadership opportunities.

Simply put, this Fellowship changed my life. It empowered me to see my lived experience as my power and expertise in the movement. The lessons gained were invaluable! I’m leaving with a toolbox filled with cultural healing and wellness, as well guides to the legislative and state budget process. I’m thankful for the guest speakers, facilitators, and above all, for my cohort.” — NGF Fellow

Fellowship qualifications & application process

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 harm.

Learn more about the fellowship qualifications and application process by visiting the NGF webpage. Please contact info@​ngfellowship.​org with any questions.

Does the Next Generation Fellowship seem right for you? Apply now below.