2019 Young Leaders Institute: Middle East

2019 YLI Middle East

In order to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century, students need to be globally competent. The Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is a week-long program designed to prepare Houston high school students for leadership in a globally interconnected city and world. Students will engage in the four tenets of global competency:

  • Investigate the world
  • Recognize perspectives
  • Communicate ideas
  • Take action

Throughout the week, students will learn the value of collaboration as they work in teams, researching, debating, and presenting solutions for the challenges facing our world. They will be mentored throughout the week by Asia Society staff and local experts in their respective fields. All content provided will help students form arguments when taking the side of an issue and be invaluable when presenting policy recommendations on the Institute's last day.

Over 120 students have benefited from the Young Leaders Institute in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Institute's fourth year will include a repeat of the Middle East session and new sessions on U.S.-China relations and on energy and security, respectively. Asia Society staff will also arrange a field trip on one of the days of the week.

Topics discussed during the Middle East session may include the following (subject to change):

  • Communal cooperation, peace-building, consensus, and dialogue
  • Education reform and talent development among the region's youth
  • Foreign investment and economic growth
  • Governance and geopolitics
  • Refugees, humanitarian issues, and internal/regional displacement
  • U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East
  • Water scarcity and access to natural resources
  • Women and social issues in the Middle East

Speakers will be announced soon. For questions, please contact Mei Qi, Business and Policy Programs Manager, at MQi@AsiaSociety.org or 713.496.9915.


"I learned a lot about the different policies concerning China and the U.S. and other nations. It's a good experience and builds us up to be better leaders and prepares us for possible future career paths." — Student, 2018 Young Leaders Institute

"I have been thoroughly impressed with your success in getting young people to think more deeply about global issues. Such opportunities are so critical in this society. I appreciate your work." — Parent of a student, 2018 Young Leaders Institute

"I'm confident that the knowledge I have gained over the last week will assist me greatly in the future. I've been working on honing my skills and there's no better way to do so than through a debate and presentation." — Student, 2018 Young Leaders Institute

Additional Sessions

Session 1: U.S.-China Relations
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28, 2019
Topics may include bilateral trade negotiations, the countries' role in global financial institutions, and China's soft power in Asia.

Session 3: Energy and Security
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 25, 2019
Topics may include the future of renewable fuels, the importance of growing demand, and managing risk in potential geopolitical flashpoints.

Education and outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous funding from Karen Chang and the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in exhibitions and public programming to Houston.

Presenting Sponsors

Karen Chang Hamman

Event Details

Mon 15 Jul 2019 - Fri 19 Jul 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77004


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