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The Commonwealth Seminar Is Accepting Applications

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 The Commonwealth Seminar is accepting applications

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS Friday, March 28, and decisions will be announced the following week.

The next Seminar will take place over six consecutive weeks beginning April 9, 2014. Most of the sessions will be in the evening except the final session, which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a graduation ceremony.

The seminar will be held on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, April 9, 5:30 p.m., MAPC
Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 p.m., MAPC
Wednesday, April 23, 5:30 p.m., MAPC
Wednesday, April 30, 5:30 p.m., MAPC
Wednesday, May 7, 5:30 p.m., MAPC
Friday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., State House, Room TBD

You should be able to participate in at least 5 sessions to make it worthwhile to apply.

The Commonwealth Seminar is an intensive training program focused on teaching diverse leaders how the Massachusetts Legislature really works.

Top state legislators, legislative staff, media members, and administration policymakers will introduce student leaders to the Legislature and state government generally. By giving an insiders' view of the process, our goal is to encourage diverse leaders to become effective advocates and to pursue careers in public service.

Who Should Apply?

The Commonwealth Seminar is a privately funded program with a mission of opening the doors of the State House. Our target audience is leaders from communities of color, immigrant communities, and others working to directly benefit those communities. You should be prepared to make a compelling argument in the application about how you fit into the target audience.

We are looking for leaders who meet those criteria and who have a proven track record of leadership in their communities. We place a high value on creating a seminar class that is diverse racially, ethnically, and geographically. Successful candidates for the Commonwealth Seminar will have a basic understanding of state government and a clear desire to use the skills learned through the seminar to make positive change.

Acceptance to the seminar is on a competitive basis, and Commonwealth Seminar staff and advisers will make all final decisions about the makeup of the seminar.

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