Youth Leadership Summit

We are accepting applications for our Fall 2021 Youth Leadership Summit! The deadline to submit your application has been extended to Friday, September 3.

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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 9th annual YLS will be held from Monday October 18 - Friday October 22. All sessions will take place online to minimize risk to participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of September 2021. Apply now! 

2021 YLS Spring Cohort

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 2021 and  2020 YLS cohorts. Read alumni articles and reflection blogs by Amber Nguyen, Aishwarya Sharma and Devin Tran.

The Youth Leadership Spring 2021 cohort with staff.
The Youth Leadership Spring 2021 cohort with staff.

The Summit was such an eye-opening and inspiring experience that I am extremely grateful to have participated in. From attending and engaging in legislative meetings with senate offices to interactive workshops and presentations on AAJC’s current projects, I developed a strong understanding of how having AAPI representation, strong alliances with BIPOC partners and political power is vital to make policy change positive and lasting. 

-Mika Chan, Seattle University

Being able to interface directly with staffers on the Hill for issues I cared about was incredibly rewarding and is an experience I’ll take away for my future advocacy in the realm of health equity. Attending this year’s Summit has been truly fulfilling during this life-changing pandemic: the skills and knowledge I’ve gained here will undoubtedly serve as the foundation for my future advocacy serving the Asian/American community and beyond.

-Nelson Lin, Brown 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. 

  • All Applicants must submit two references by September 3.

  • Apply now!

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The Youth Leadership Summit is made possible through the generous support of State Farm and American Eagle Outfitters.