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

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?


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

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


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


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?

No sessions – Saturday & Sunday
LIVE PROJECT – Monday to Friday, Week 2
No sessions – Saturday

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

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