Register Now for Asia Society's 2022 Summer Youth Programs!
Summer 2022 at Asia Society Texas Center features four weeks of ExploreAsia summer camps and three weeks of the Young Leaders Institute (YLI) for high school students.
ExploreAsia Culture Camp for Kids
In Asia Society Texas' 10th year of ExploreAsia Culture Camp for Kids, students embark on hands-on programs delving into Asian traditions, arts, and culture.
Rising Artists: The Arts and Crafts of Asia
Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17, 2022・9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
Dive into artistic traditions of Asia! Meet local Asian and Asian American artists and create your own pieces inspired by traditional and contemporary practices, from Cambodia to Japan.
Recommended for students ages 9–12.
Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1, 2022・9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
Become an eco-superhero! Learn about the rich ecologies of Asia and how we can take care of our Earth through hands-on fun with recycled crafts, local flora, and a community garden.
Recommended for students ages 6–9.
Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 2022・9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
Attention, artists and manga fanatics! Create your own comics inspired by the Japanese manga style, with opportunities for Beginner and Advanced students alike to learn how to bring comics to life on paper and on the web.
Recommended for students ages 9–14.
Mindful Design Animation
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5, 2022・9 am. – 3 p.m. Daily
Mindfulness meets technology! With a Puranik Foundation coach, learn techniques for both mindfulness and stop-motion animation, and create a short film for your portfolio.
Recommended for students ages 14–17.
Register for ExploreAsia Now!
Registration is open for all sessions of ExploreAsia Culture Camps.
Young Leaders Institute
The 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 nearly 400 students.
Summer 2022 returns to in-person sessions at Asia Society Texas Center, focused on timely, relevant issues for students to explore. During the institute, participants will work in teams throughout the week researching, debating, and presenting solutions for the challenges facing our world. With mentorship and guidance from Asia Society staff, students will be provided opportunities to develop more in-depth knowledge about global issues; to hone communication, collaboration, and presentation skills for the future; and to engage respectfully and thoughtfully with experts, staff, and peers to transform their understanding of leadership.
Applications for the 2022 Young Leaders Institute are accepted on a rolling basis, with students encouraged to apply early to secure their placement. There is limited capacity for each session and the deadline to apply is Monday, March 28, 2022. Click on each session below to learn more and to apply.
Session 1: Energy and Sustainability
Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24, 2022・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Explore the complex and interconnected issues of energy and sustainability, including the roles played by transitioning industries, new technology, and world governments, amid worsening climate disasters across the globe and a heightened push for environmental justice and equity.
Session 2: International Security and Defense
Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15, 2022・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Examine the challenging dynamics of international military strategy and national defense in the Asia Pacific region, including navigating the sovereignty issues of the South China Sea, U.S. relationships with East and Southeast Asian allies, and the nuclear threat of North Korea.
Session 3: Global Education
Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29, 2022・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Learn more about the U.N. sustainable development goal around ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education around the globe, and what that means in Asia Pacific countries, in the U.S., and for girls — along with the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Young Leaders Institute FAQs
Apply for YLI Now!
Now accepting applications on a rolling basis! Interested students are encouraged to submit an online application by midnight on Monday, March 28, 2022. Spots are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early to increase their chances of admission.
For additional questions, please contact Mei Qi, Business and Policy Programs Manager, at TXYLI@asiasociety.org.