UPDATE (April 13, 2021) — All Young Leaders Institute sessions are full and applications are closed.
The Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is a week-long program for high school students that promotes global competence, elevates leadership skills, and connects students from across diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Summer 2021 highlights timely, relevant issues to engage students across three sessions: U.S.–China Relations, Public Health, and Social Justice and Civic Engagement. The first two sessions will take place virtually, while the third session will be offered in-person only at Asia Society Texas Center.
Applications for the 2021 Young Leaders Institute are accepted on a rolling basis, with students encouraged to apply early to secure their placement. The extended deadline to apply is Monday, April 12, 2021. Click to learn about each session and to apply!
Session 1: U.S.–China Relations
Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25, 2021 | Virtual: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT
Explore the nuanced and evolving relationship between the world's two largest economies with an eye toward the future, including issues of trade, regional security, technology, and human rights.
Session 2: Public Health
Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 16, 2021 | Virtual: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT
Learn about the complex nature of public health, including the roles played by scientists and healthcare workers along with government officials, community leaders, media, and the public itself.
Session 3: Social Justice and Civic Engagement
Monday, July 26 – Friday, July 30, 2021 | In-person only at Asia Society Texas Center: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT
Deepen your understanding of social and systemic inequities in Houston and across the country, while exploring the importance of civic engagement and active participation in finding solutions.
The Asia Society Teen Council is a cohort of teens engaging in year-round programming designed to uplift and amplify student voices representing the diversity of Houston. Throughout the program, teens will learn about diverse cultures, develop cross-cultural communication skills, and build global competency.
Join a group of up to 20 high school teens to design programs and resources that make Asia Society a more welcoming, accessible, and relevant space for Houston-area youth! Learn more »
Our virtual after-school club for students ages 13–18 provides an introduction to Indian culture, covering the basics of the Hindi language and featuring hands-on activities exploring different topics such as geography, music, film, literature, and environmental issues. Learn more »
Education and Outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by Margie and Joe Blommaert, Cathay Bank Foundation, Chevron, the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, and H-E-B. 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.