About YLAC

Founded by Harvard and Oxford alumni, Young Leaders for Active Citizenship (YLAC) creates transformative learning experiences that build the capacity of young people to lead change in society.

YLAC programs take students outside the realm of what is conventionally taught in schools and universities. Our modules are designed to enable participants to develop a better understanding of the society they live in and the challenges that it confronts. The aim is to help participants broaden their perspective, draw connections across disciplines, hone their leadership styles and put learning into action by engaging in live projects. Our teaching methods are not the usual chalk and duster lectures; we use role-plays, group exercises, peer evaluations, videos and games to make the classroom come alive.

Our journey began in June 2016 in Delhi. Our first High School Achievers Program was very well received by both our students and their parents. We then launched the Policy in Action Program for university students and young professionals in September 2016. More than 400 candidates applied for the first edition of this program, out of which 55 bright and passionate individuals were selected to participate.

We have come a long way since then. In the last year, we have expanded our presence significantly and we now run programs in five cities – Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Our work continues to be guided by our Board of Advisors – Dr. Shashi Tharoor (MP, Lok Sabha), Mr. Baijayant Panda (MP, Lok Sabha) and Prof. Michael Walton (Harvard University).


Why join?


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To broaden your perspective, develop critical thinking and build analytical skills

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To unlock your leadership potential and put it to practice

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To affect change by working directly on live projects

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To learn to mobilize people and communicate effectively

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To find new career options and discover your passion

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To strengthen your profile and build a stronger resume