Schedule – High School Achievers Program

Mumbai (May 2018)

The YLAC High School Achievers program is a summer boot camp. Designed as a mix of exercises, lectures, group work and field visits, the program presents a unique platform for students to develop their critical thinking skills and hone their leadership potential.

The May program in Mumbai will run from 13th May to 20th May at the Central Hall of the Victoria Memorial School in Tardeo. The detailed schedule can be accessed below.

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Date Theme Sessions
13th May


9 am – 4 pm

Venue: Tardeo

Identity and Privilege Session 1:

1. Introductions

2. Rules for creating a safe space for respectful/judgement free communication

3. Discovering yourself through identity maps


Session 2:

1. Privilege walk

2. What if you were someone else?

3. Have you read Gandhi’s talisman?

14th May


9 am – 4 pm

Venue: Tardeo

Equality and Justice Session 3:

1. Disparities around us and their origins

2. Poverty

3. Equality and justice – the concepts


Session 4:

1. Theories of justice

2. Policies that attempt to promote these ideals

FIELD VISIT – Tuesday, 15th May
16th May


9 am – 4 pm

Venue: Tardeo

Democracy, Constitution and the Government Session 5:

1. Government, its origins and forms

2. Three pillars of democracy – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary

3. Three tiers of government – Centre, State and Municipal


Session 6:

1. External speaker: The role of the government in shaping society

2. Channels of communication with the government

BREAK – Thursday, 17th May
18th May


9 am – 4 pm

Venue: Tardeo

Tools of Advocacy Session 7:

1. Case studies

2. The power of information in advocacy


Session 8:

1. Building a story of SELF, US and NOW (Marshall Ganz)

2. Tools of social media

19th May


9 am – 4 pm

Venue: Tardeo

Businesses and social good Session 9:

1. Do businesses only make profit?

2. Potential benefits of capitalism – does it move the society forward?

3. Introducing the concept of markets and efficiency


Session 10:

1. Case studies

2. Do markets ever fail?

3. What lessons does economics hold for policy makers?

20th May


9 am – 4 pm

Venue: Tardeo

Group dynamics and Leadership

Reflections and Closing
Session 11:

1. Working in teams

2. Why do some teams deliver and others don’t?


Session 12:

1. What is your leadership style?

2. Channelizing your energy to drive change


Session 13:

1. Reflections on learnings and new perspectives

2. Closing: Thoughts on how we can stay engaged with the communities that we live and work in

Program ends