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Immigrant Youth Advancement Program

A leadership and work-readiness program for immigrant students

We want to ensure our City's youth all have the same opportunities for personal and professional development. The Immigrant Youth Advancement Program, formerly called the Dreamers Fellowship, provides leadership training and hands-on experience to immigrant youth regardless of immigration status.


MOIA is now taking applications for nonprofit organizations to offer work experience opportunities to immigrant youth. Organizations must provide leadership development and professional skills attainment in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner. To apply and learn more, please review the 2024 Immigrant Youth Advancement (IYA) Program - Grant Application here

Eligible youth should fill out this interest form. Once youth applications for the Summer 2024 session become available, we will notify you via email. The application is expected to be available by early June 2024.

For information and how to participate, email

Watch: Immigrant Youth Advancement Program


What the Program offers

Through this program, Boston’s diverse immigrant students are paired with immigrant-serving nonprofits across the City to gain:

  • hands-on experience
  • acquire life skills, and
  • earn a scholarship towards their professional development as community leaders.

The Immigrant Youth Advancement Program is a partnership between:

More Details:
  • The fellowship is for youth between 14 - 24 years old
  • Summer participants complete 19.5 hours a week for six weeks
  • Fall and Spring participants complete 10 hours a week for 10 weeks
  • Participants receive a biweekly scholarship

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