Youth Leadership Summit

We are accepting applications for our Spring 2021 Youth Leadership Summit! 

Our Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) is a multi-day leadership development program for high-achieving college students from a variety of disciplines who are dedicated to addressing issues impacting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. 

The summit will take place VIRTUALLY this year. Young advocates from across the country will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with peers, as well as learn from and network with national leaders. Read about our 2020 YLS Summit and alumni projects

Our 8th annual YLS will be held from Monday, April 12 – Friday, April 16, in 3-hour blocks. All sessions will take place online to minimize risk to participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to Saturday March 6, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of March 2021.

2019 Youth Leadership Student Leaders

Empowering Tomorrow's Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders 

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

In addition, student leaders will have the opportunity to submit a proposal for a student-led advocacy project on their home campus or in their local community. If selected, Advancing Justice | AAJC will award student leaders stipends as well as provide technical support and guidance for their projects. 

Learn more about our 2020 and 2019 YLS cohorts. Read alumni articles and reflection blogs by Amber Nguyen, Aishwarya Sharma and Devin Tran


2020 Youth Leadership Summit
The 2020 Youth Leadership Summit cohort with Advancing Justice | AAJC staff.

"My fellow Summit attendees were passionate and inspiring, and learning about the strategies they used on their respective campuses will be invaluable as we figure out how to engage in online advocacy work this year. Also, hearing from people who work all over the Hill gave me a much better sense of what forms advocacy can take. More than that, though, hearing their personal stories gave me much more confidence that I could actually find space to do meaningful work in an outwardly exclusive field." 

-Rosaleen Xiong, University of Texas at Austin

"From learning about the power of storytelling in advocacy, understanding the ways to craft effective asks and build up research to support demands from stakeholders, I felt like the summit took my previous experiences in the AAPI political and organizing space to a new level." 

-Ananya Kalahasti, Johns Hopkins University

How To Apply

  • Applicants must be current students enrolled in a 2 or 4-year college/university, from any major or discipline. 

  • Especially encouraged to apply are students with leadership positions in AAPI campus/community-based organizations or organizations focusing on racial justice, civil rights, immigration, voting, anti-hate, technology, telecommunications, and media diversity.

  • Applicants should be active members in their community and demonstrate this in their essay and resume content. 

  • Finalists will be asked to submit a professional reference. 

To apply, please fill out this application formAPPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to Saturday March 6, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of March 2021.

State Farm 

The Youth Leadership Summit is made possible through the generous support of State Farm.