Youth Leadership Summit

The 2019 Youth Leadership Summit took place Thursday, September 19 - Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Meet our 2019 student leaders! Our application for the 2020 Youth Leadership Summit will launch in spring 2020.

Our Youth Leadership Summit is a three-day leadership development program for high achieving college students dedicated to addressing issues impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities. The Summit brings a group of 15 to 20 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. Participants receive travel funding to cover their roundtrip transportation to DC, ground transportation, lodging, and meals. Read about our 2019 Summit and alumni projects.

2019 Youth Leadership Student Leaders

Empowering Tomorrow's Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders

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

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

2019 YLS on Capitol Hill

Learn more about our past Summits and alumni projects. Read alumni reflection blogs from Aishwarya Sharma and Devin Tran.


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