"Ask what you can do for your country" - words President John F. Kennedy made famous during his 1961 inaugural address. President Kennedy promised to make public service a centerpiece of his administration. He helped create both the Peace Corps and Americorps. And most recently, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg offered up his plans to quadruple service opportunities by 2026. Buttigieg says record numbers of young people want to give back to their communities through the military, civil service or government.

Some of them already are. Through a collaborative program between three Boston Universities, the UNC School of Government and the National League of cities, a diverse group of young leaders is in the first class of a new kind of service program. Lead For Americais preparing this group for high-impact positions in their hometown governments. The inaugural class of Lead For America Hometown Fellows recently completed their pre-service training in Boston and are headed off to their assignments for the next two years.


Trevaughn Latimer - Recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago from St. Louis, Missouri.

Shandiin Herrera - Recent graduate of Duke University from Monument Valley, Utah.

Joe Grochmal - Recent graduate of Harvard University from Great Barrington, Massachusetts.