Erie NextGen Leaders

erie nextgen leaders

The JES and Career & Dreams, Inc. have partnered to bring to the Erie community a youth civic leadership program for Erie youths aged 14 to 17. Participants of Erie NextGen Leaders will get the chance to meet and learn from local community leaders and elected officials, as well as work with other young and emerging leaders in the Erie community. The cohort will meet once or twice a month on Saturdays from 10 am to Noon at the JES on State Street. Bus passes will be provided to any students who need one. Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion at the graduation ceremony, along with a stipend and the chance to give a short presentation about a topic that they believe should be addressed in the Erie community. 

Session Topics:

  • Leadership & Local History 
  • Systemic Injustice
  • Erie City/County Government
  • New Voters Workshop
  • Local Non-Profit Leadership
  • Boards & Authorities
  • Financial Literacy
  • Careers & Unions 


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Join Us in Celebrating and Congratulating Our 2024 Graduates!


Erie NextGen Leaders Graduation Celebration

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating the inaugural cohort of the Erie NextGen Leaders program! Graduates will give a presentation about what they learned in the program, as well as their concerns for youth in Erie County. The graduation ceremony will include the presentation of certificates, followed by a reception open to all guests. 

Location: Jefferson Educational Society - 3207 State Street, Erie, PA 16508

Date/Time: Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. 

Admission: FREE, please rsvp by May 16. 

Parking: lot behind building, State Street, 33rd Street, 32nd Street, French Street


Click here to RSVP!