2024 Young Leaders Institute: Human Rights and International SecurityVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 8, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Register Now for Summer 2024!
In a world more globally connected than ever before, leaders need to be well-prepared with the right knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to be successful. Asia Society Texas' Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is a week-long summer program for high school students that promotes global competence, elevates leadership skills, and connects students from across diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Since launching in 2016, YLI has provided new perspectives and strengthened skills for more than 400 students. The Institute's ninth year invites students to explore some of the most timely, relevant global issues for young leaders today.
Session 3: Human Rights and International Security
Young Leaders Institute FAQs
Apply now! We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Interested students are encouraged to submit an online application by midnight on Monday, April 15, 2024. Spots are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early to increase their chances of admission.
Students accepted for this session will receive an email and informational packet approximately one week before the session's first day.
What topics might be discussed during the Human Rights and International Security session?
- Understanding and defining security and human rights
- Impacts of conflicts in human rights, and human rights in conflict zones
- Geopolitics of Asia in the contexts of territorial disputes, competition, cooperation, and conflict
- Nontraditional security threads, including cybersecurity, transnational crime, and environmental and natural disasters
- Global security challenges in the context of human rights violations
- Roles of international organizations and alliances, including ASEAN, APEC, and multilateral treaties
- Refugee rights and asylum policies in the U.S. and Asia
- Forced migrations and displacements
- Humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect
- Protection of civilians in armed conflicts
- Human rights advocacy and grassroots movements
Speakers will be announced soon.
Additional 2024 Sessions
Session 1: Japan's Global Impact
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28, 2024・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Explore Japan's significant influence on the global stage, from the vibrant world of J-pop and captivating manga to groundbreaking advancements in AI and robotics. Dive into Japan's multifaceted contributions to culture, technology, innovation, and global policy.
Session 2: Renewable Energy and Climate Solutions
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19, 2024・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Learn how renewables and energy transition initiatives are reshaping the global economic, environmental, and energy outlook. Gain insights on how policymakers, industries, and nonprofit, and international organizations are creating innovative solutions for a more sustainable and greener future.
"By learning how to better adapt to change or collaborate with others efficiently, I think that my perspective of what makes a good leader has become more nuanced. Although confidence and decisiveness are just as important, so is going the extra mile to prepare for changes, which are inevitable. In the future, I will continue to push myself to try my best to improve in whatever I do, be it as a leader or student." — 2023 Equality and Human Development student
"Yes, [I would recommend YLI]! This was very informative and I'm sure that my friends would enjoy it! I also loved being treated as a policymaker, as I am very interested in these issues. The feedback was good and I will definitely be using the info and strategies from this session in my every day." – 2021 U.S.–China Relations student
"The most important thing I learned this week was learning to not only listen to others, but also to learn how to combine key skills like research, teamwork, policy, and presentation (as demonstrated by many of the speakers who spoke to us this week). I also learned the importance of being thoughtful towards others." — 2021 Public Health student
"From the Young Leaders Institute, I have learned that good leaders not only take charge of situations and can adapt to crises; they also serve to diverse communities and communicate their ideas purposefully and consciously. After participating in YLI this week, my personal leadership style will become more communication-focused and emphasize understanding and empathy." — 2022 International Security and Defense student
"My perspective has been widened by a huge margin to be able to see problems from all sorts of perspectives. Others might observe me being more thoughtful and considerate of as much people as possible." — 2023 Energy and Renewables student
Education and Outreach programs at Asia Society Texas are presented by AARP. Generous funding also provided by Asia Chemical Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas). Free Thursday exhibition admission presented by Regions Bank. Additional support is provided by Cathay Bank Foundation, the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, and the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas.
About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.
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