Schedule – High School Achievers Program

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 to students to develop their critical thinking skills and hone their leadership potential. It also gives them an opportunity to apply their learning by working directly on live projects for partner organisations.

The program is divided into two modules: Module I (YLAC sessions and field visits) and Module II (two week live project). Interested candidates can opt for either Module I or Module I and II together.

The detailed schedule can be accessed below. To read more about the content covered in the sessions, please click here.
 

Module I
Module II

 

Date Theme Sessions
Saturday

Week 1

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?

Sunday

Week 1

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 – Monday, Week 1
Tuesday

Week 1

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

Wednesday

Week 1

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

Thursday

Week 1

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?

VISIT TO A COMMUNITY – Friday, Week 1
No sessions – Saturday & Sunday
 
LIVE PROJECT – Monday to Friday, Week 2
 
No sessions – Saturday
Sunday

Week 2

Citizen Engagement Session 11:

1. Case studies

2. External speakers share their stories

 

Session 12:

1. What causes do you care about the most and how can you contribute?

 
LIVE PROJECT – Monday to Friday, Week 3
 
No sessions – Saturday
Sunday

Week 3

Reflections, culminations Session 13:

1. Debrief on project work

 

Session 14:

1. Reflections on learnings and new perspectives

2. External speaker/ closing: Thoughts on how we can stay engaged with the communities that we live and work in

Program ends