Young Leaders for Active Citizenship

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 (Former MP, Lok Sabha) and Prof. Michael Walton (Harvard University).



Ongoing & Upcoming programs

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 working with 30 exceptional teenagers in Bengaluru and Mumbai to start meaningful conversations on the themes of Bullying, Diversity, Mental Wellbeing, Body Positivity, Gender Equality and Sustainability. Find more here.
Policy in Action Program

The Policy in Action Program is a project-based four week engagement for young professionals and university students. The program is designed to give fellows a sneak peek into the policy making process in India and help build leadership and advocacy skills. Fellows also get an opportunity to work on live projects for sitting Members of Parliament.

Applications to the 2019 Hyderabad edition of the Policy in Action Program are now open. You can find more here.


Building Capacity to Lead Change


Critical Thinking



Gear - orange - small

Projects & Campaigns

Advocacy for Change

Civic Action & Impact