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Experiential learning is a crucial part of the LEADS fellowship. Each year, our fellows pick projects to research and pilot.  They put the knowledge and leadership skills gained from their Harvard Business School course to work on sample projects to benefit their local cities or region. 


Projects range from entrepreneurial projects to revitalize downtowns and connect employers and job seekers to projects fighting food scarcity, addressing the housing crisis, and piloting youth mentorship programs.   


Many of the projects have resulted in real-world change as the connections made through LEADS fueled new cross-sector partnerships, business and organizations.  


Beyond investing in the leaders that participate in the fellowship, LEADS invests in the communities where it works by catalyzing and supporting actionable projects that address priority issues at the local and regional levels. 


Throughout the fellowship year, our programming incorporates systems thinking principles and design thinking methodology to identify opportunities to move the needle on priority issues.  As these issues are identified and discussed, cohort members self-organize into cross-sectoral project teams based on aligned interest and expertise.  The groups work to turn their ideas into action through a guided “entrepreneurial opportunity framework” and present their proposed solution to a panel of high-profile state and regional leaders at the conclusion of the fellowship year.


Through seed funding, tactical connections, and other support, LEADS helps project teams launch, adapt and scale their efforts.  While the teams and their initiatives are dynamic and ever-evolving, the project proposals included here represent what was presented at the conclusion of the fellowship year.  To get involved, get more information, or to get in touch with leaders involved in any of these efforts, please reach out to the LEADS team.

Lawrence Downtown Initiative  

Downtown Revitalization

Lawrence Small Business Support 

Small Business Resources

Lawrence Workforce Development 

Workforce Development

Lawrence Opioid Commission 

Community-Based Harm Reduction

​Engaging Youth in Climate Change  

Youth-Led Climate Change

Haverhill Small Business Support Coalition  

Small Business Resources

Merrimack Valley, Advancing Racial Equality  

Political BIPOC Representation

Lawrence Welcome Center Initiative  

Community Information & Resources

Food Fighters  

Food Insecurity 

Housing People Can Afford  

Affordable Housing

The Magnet   

Youth mentoring

Zoning: Fair and Affordable Housing  

Fair Housing Representation 

Next-Wave Entrepreneurs in the Merrimack Valley 

Entrepreneurial Resources

A Place to Call Home  

Combating Houselessness


Increasing DEI Hiring

Lowell Myth Busters  

Re-Imagining Community Brand

LYNC: Linking Youth to Needed Community Resources 

Youth Resources

Making It in the Merrimack Valley  

Re-Building the Manufacturing Industry 


DEIJ Coaching & Resources For Businesses

Spark Entrepreneurship 

Youth Entrepreneurial Accelerator 

The Community Protection Initiative  

Anti-Hate Training and Advocacy

The FinFree Project  

Financial Education

We’ve Got Talent!  

Matching Employers & Talent

Sharpen YOUR Impact  

Mentorship for POC Male Youth

Safety Net  

Peer-to-Peer Communication for Youth in Crisis

A Seat at the Table  

Housing Supply

Prosperity Pathway Program  

BIPOC Youth Workforce Opportunities

Bring it Home Fund  

Capital for Affordable Housing

Supercharging Housing Production in Massachusetts  

Housing Supply

The Fortify Project  

Fostering Resilient Youth)

North Shore Media Nexus 

Non-English Speaking Media Outlets


Expanded access to services via .AI

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