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 2024 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, April 15, 2024. Click on each session below to learn more and to apply.
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.
Session 3: Human Rights and International Security
Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 2024・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daily
Examine the intricate intersection of global security and the protection of human rights in the context of refugee crises. Gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for international cooperation in ensuring the rights and safety of diverse populations.
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Now 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.
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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.