About YLAC

Founded by Harvard and Oxford alumni in 2016, Young Leaders for Active Citizenship (YLAC) aims to increase the participation of young people in the democratic process and build their capacity to lead change.

Our interventions are designed to equip citizens with a better understanding of the society they live in and the challenges that it confronts. The aim is to help young people broaden their perspective, think critically about their socio-political construct, tap their leadership potential and acquire skills to create long lasting impact.

We currently run programs in five cities in India – Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, in addition to undertaking projects in civic engagement and public policy. Our work is guided by our Board of Advisors – Dr. Shashi Tharoor (MP, Lok Sabha), Mr. Baijayant Panda (MP, Lok Sabha) and Prof. Michael Walton (Harvard University).



Upcoming programs

High School Achievers Program

The High School Achievers program is a one of its kind platform for students in grades 9th to 12th to broaden their perspective, explore the interconnected nature of knowledge, interact with thought leaders from diverse backgrounds and create social impact by working directly on live projects for partner organizations.

In 2018, the program is being taken to two cities – Delhi and Mumbai. You can read more here.
Counter Speech Fellowship

The YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship with Instagram engages creative teens to use the power of visual storytelling to create change. Hinged on using arts for advocacy, the fellowship is looking for 30 exceptional teenagers in Delhi and Kolkata to start meaningful conversations on themes important to them.

The fellowship is built around three pillars – awareness, support and advocacy. Fellows are mentored and encouraged to build powerful content on the identified themes and the most inspiring content is promoted across the country on Instagram. The themes for the 2018 fellowship are: Bullying, Diversity, Mental Wellbeing, Body Positivity, Gender Equality and Sustainability.

This fully funded, weekend only engagement is scheduled to run from July to August in 2018. Applications close on 31st May. Find out more here.


Why join?


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To broaden your perspective and develop critical thinking 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 gain experience and build a stronger profile