Youth Leadership Summit

Our Youth Leadership Summit is a three-day leadership development program for high achieving college students. The summit brings a group of student leaders to Washington, D.C. for three days of advocacy trainings and leadership development workshops focused on civic engagement, providing a unique opportunity for young advocates from across the country to both interact with their peers as well as learn from and network with national leaders.

youth leadership participants on the Hill


Through interactive workshops, hands-on activities, and a visit to Capitol Hill, Youth Summit participants build advocacy skills and gain a deeper understanding of how advocacy and activism affect policy decisions. Student leaders will work with experienced policy attorneys and have opportunities to interact with the legislative staff of U.S. Senators and Representatives.

Youth Leadership Summit participant shares his story

Prior to their arrival in D.C., student leaders will have the option to submit a proposal for support of a student-led advocacy project on their home campus or community. Advancing Justice | AAJC will award stipends as well as provide student leaders with technical support and guidance for their projects.

Learn more about past Youth Leadership Summit participants.