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 four cities – Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai 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).


Upcoming programs

The Policy in Action Program is a project-based four week engagement for university students and young professionals. This program is ideal for those who wish to develop a better understanding of public policy and development. It is designed to give participants a sneak peek into the policy making process in India and help build leadership and communication skills. Participants also get an opportunity to work on live projects for Members of Parliament and develop core skills like policy analysis and advocacy.

With a mix of weekend sessions and remote collaboration with peers, the program schedule is easy to accommodate alongside regular university and work commitments.

In the first half of 2018, the Policy in Action Program will run in two cities: Bengaluru (Jan – Feb) and Hyderabad (Feb – Mar). Find more details here.


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