Register Now for Asia Society's 2023 Summer Youth Programs!
Summer 2023 at Asia Society Texas features five sessions of ExploreAsia summer camps and three sessions of the Young Leaders Institute (YLI) for high school students.
Culture Camps | Young Leaders Institute
In Asia Society Texas' 11th year of Culture Camps, students embark on hands-on programs delving into Asian traditions, arts, and culture.
Bedazzled Truck Art of Pakistan
Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9, 2023・9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
Be transported to the streets of Pakistan with Indus Arts Council and explore the art, history, and language painted and carved upon the giant "jingle trucks" that transport goods between cities. Paint your own art in the Truck Art style while learning the Urdu vocabulary for the art forms and colors!
Recommended for students ages 9–12.
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 23, 2023・9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
In this two-week filmmaking camp, explore the themes of memory and world religions while scripting, filming, and acting in an original movie under the guidance of a professional television producer.
Recommended for students ages 12–14.
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2023・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 to bring their comics to life on paper and the web.
Recommended for students ages 9–14.
Animals and Fantastic Beasts of Asia
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2023・9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
Embark on a safari across Asia! Learn about the unique animals and mythical creatures found in various Asian countries, and hear stories and legends featuring these animals and other fantastical beasts!
Recommended for students ages 6–9.
Master Chef Showdown With Bite of HOPE
Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11, 2023・9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily
Whose cuisine reigns supreme? Learn about food traditions across Asia while honing your cooking skills to prepare for a final competition before a panel of Houston's top chefs!
Recommended for students ages 13–17.
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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 more than 400 students.
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 Texas 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 2023 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, May 22, 2023. Click on each session below to learn more and to apply.
Session 1: Energy and Renewables
Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2023・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Explore the groundbreaking discoveries and debates around energy and renewables, including the roles played by transitioning industries, new technology, and world governments relating to developing economies and the need to guarantee a sustainable future.
Session 2: Equality and Human Development
Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21, 2023・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Examine the multiple angles of human development and learn how government, nonprofit, and private sector initiatives can reduce inequality and promote access to healthcare, education, and economic development.
Session 3: The Geopolitics of Space
Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4, 2023・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Learn more about the complex dynamics of international cooperation and competition in outer space exploration, and examine the outcomes of space research and policy as they relate to politics, economy, public safety, environment, communications, and human development.
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Now accepting applications on a rolling basis! Interested students are encouraged to submit an online application by midnight on Monday, May 22, 2023. Spots are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early to increase their chances of admission.
For additional questions, please contact Rayén Torres, Business and Policy Programs Manager, at TXYLI@asiasociety.org.