Are you passionate about social justice and connecting art with activism in the places around you?

Join a nine-month leadership program at Emerson College's Elma Lewis Center and Social Justice Center to connect with young change agents across schools and neighborhoods throughout Boston. Step into a powerful and supportive peer-network this year.

The CCN Program:

  • runs from October to June annually
  • is open to grades 9 to 12 throughout Greater Boston
  • is a paid opportunity, students receive a stipend for participation

Program Overview

CCN is investing in the next generation of change agents as a fully-funded program that provides opportunities to advance leadership skills. This program aims to work with and support high school students who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or first-generation. Students and community members will collaborate together to generate creative community action projects.

As a cohort, we will explore topics including: systems of oppression, socialization, allyship, solidarity, liberation, art as activism, and more. In addition to experiential learning activities, students will participate in biweekly “practice circles” that are an opportunity for students to work together and offer peer support on challenges the group is navigating both individually and collectively.

Fully-Funded Program

CCN is tuition-free and participants will receive a $300 stipend per semester.

Program Schedule

Network Gatherings: Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.​ 

Program gatherings for the 2021 to 2022 program year are planned to be held both virtually and in person at the Elma Lewis Center. Participants must commit to missing no more than two program meetings during the year. CCN will observe holiday, February vacation, and April vacation breaks in accordance with the BPS calendar.


There are no residency requirements for participation. We welcome applications from students across Boston including: Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston, Chinatown, Jamaica Plain, Allston, and Brighton. Additionally, students in surrounding communities such as Revere, Everett, and Chelsea are encouraged and welcome to apply.

Application Information

Applications for the 2020-2021 program year are due by November 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our program coordinator Coco at 617-824-8927 or at coco_rosenberg [at]