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Date: 28, 29, 30 Dec 2022
Time: 8am - 4pm GST
Eligibility: Grade 8-12 | Age 13-17
Final Deadline: 21 Dec '22
Fee: AED 3,750/-
Venue: GEMS New Millennium School- Al Khail
Priority deadline ends on 30 November 2022. Priority applicants get preference in their admission to the program
Learn core leadership skills & navigate your college, career and life
Create a social change project & unlock your leadership potential
Get one year of free mentorship from Harvard Trainers
Earn a completion certificate by Leadership Institute at Harvard
Unleash the leader in you!
Conducted by Harvard Mentors trained by the Leadership Institute at Harvard College, Harvard Youth Lead the Change transforms high school students like you into confident problem-solvers, collaborators, and communicators, who will solve global issues and lead the change of tomorrow. Over the 3 day course, students work in a mentor-led group to understand a global issue – whether it is climate change, mental health, or poverty – and develop a social change project to address it. On finishing the program, there is an opportunity to receive mentorship for an entire year, to implement their project.
What makes the workshop unique is that our mentors are not lecturers, but current students of Harvard University who have garnered invaluable experience and training at a young age, and know what it takes to implement social change. But perhaps more importantly, they understand the nuances and challenges of growing up in the 21st century. Hence, they break down intimidating age-based authority structures and become relatable advisors and friends to you, through a plethora of hands-on activities! The workshop is in extremely high demand and has traveled across the world to places like Japan, Myanmar, Colorado, Dubai, and Puerto Rico.
Develop a Social Change Project
Gain Leadership Skills that Lead Change
Innovative hands on curriculum
A Certificate of Accomplishment
1 Year Free Mentorship from Harvard College
Develop a Social Change Project
Focus on what constitutes leadership, Introduction to social change projects and change based reflections. Empathy, Self-Awareness, Trust, Discernment and Positive Attitude
The Leader in Each of Us
Look into what kind of a leader you are, map out your personality and understand smart goals. Creativity, Innovation, Design Thinking, Organisation, Conflict Resolution and Planning
Leading Alongside Others
Learn about different situational leadership styles, negotiation and problem mapping. Negotiation, Communication, Cohesion, Clarity, Adapting and Courage
Leading by Listening
Analyse various leadership videos and TED talks to understand the nuances of leadership. Community Building, Project Planning, Task Management, Team Dynamic Analysis
Leading with Your Voice
Develop your public speaking skills by deep diving into elevator pitches, debating and defending your opinions. Confidence, Presentation Skills, Task Management and Teamwork
Preparation and Introspection
Reflect with a special focus on letter writing to self, understanding narratives and working on your final social change projects. Self-Reflection, Confidence and Encouragement
Who Should Participate?
You are a student who wants to inculcate leadership qualities
You are not confident in sharing your thoughts and speaking in public
You want to solve a social problem but don't have problem solving skills
You want to learn how to build your network and thus sharpening your networking skills
You want to learn how to build your network and thus sharpening your networking skills
You are fearful and have mental blocks and are lacking the initiative to lead
You do not have a community of like-minded people who are going through the same issues or share the same passion
Meet your Harvard Mentors
YLC is led by Harvard undergraduate students who are leaders in their own communities. Differentiating this program are the student teachers and their youthful perspective on leadership development. Reliable and relatable, the teachers serve as advisors and friends to the students, breaking down intimidating age-based authority structures. With tremendous enthusiasm for both teaching and learning, the teaching team constantly learns from the students, adapts to their interests and needs, and builds lasting relationships that continue after the program through formal and informal mentorship opportunities.
Class of 2023 Concentration: Sociology
Ayah has taught a sports justice course featuring professional athletes and given a Tedx Talk on diversity and youth leadership.
Class of 2023 Concentration: Government and History
Ethan is an intern at the Harvard Law Review, the Treasure of the Institute of Politics, a representative in the Undergraduate Council, a club tennis athlete, and a proud member of Crimson Key Society.
Words from those Who Took the Course (And Loved it)
Grade 11, Dubai College
This workshop has taught me that in order to do something big in life, one need not start with a huge impact. You can start with something small and yet go on to make a big impact.
Grade 12, Gems Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis
The YLC conference is very action-provoking. It has taught me that if I’m passionate about something I must push harder and try and be an achiever even at an early age. <br><br> That way, YLC has made me feel empowered.
Sun Beams High School, Class 8, Bangladesh
I have become so much more confident in presentation, doing something on the stage and I feel I can appeal to a crowd just by talking to them which I didn't feel before. I would 110% recommend everyone to this conference because you can meet so many people, so many personalities from so many places. The main reason why I would recommend it is because of the counselors, they were great.
Oakridge International School, Hyderabad
The overall experience at the conference was phenomenal. We learned about public speaking, negotiation, and other qualities that are vital for a leader. With all that I learned here, I really think I can take my social change project forward and make a huge impact on so many people. The mentors from Harvard were amazing as well and you could talk to them like they are your best friends.
Grade 8 , The British School, Delhi
After attending the YLC conference, my communication skills have improved a lot. I'm much more confident in sharing my ideas and opinions.YLC gave me a safe environment to do so.
Projects of our Change Makers
Take a sneak peak into the world of our YLC Trainees and their social change projects. All these projects have been developed in the course of 7 days of the YLC workshop.
The program follows a curriculum that was curated by Harvard Business School and Harvard Education School professors, and is taught by Harvard students.The program aims at empowering students and unlocking their leadership capabilities as they develop tangible solutions to global problems. Over the 3 day course, the students work in a group to understand a global issue and develop a social change project to address it.
This is for students who want to learn about core leadership skills such as collaboration, public speaking, negotiation, time management, and self-knowledge.
No, this workshop will not guarantee a seat at Harvard University. It will surely help build your profile for the application process.
The instructors/mentors are current undergraduate students from Harvard University. They undergo a rigorous training before coming on board as instructors/mentors.
All students who attend the workshop and present their social change project will receive the following:
Certificate from The Leadership Institute of Harvard College
1 year mentorship from Harvard mentors
Yes. You will be provided with a certificate of participation by the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. This certificate can be used for your portfolio.
Students who successfully complete the program will get a one year mentorship opportunity from the Harvard mentors. Students can ask questions about their projects or future activities in addition to applying to schools in the United States. All mentors are willing to help out as much as they are asked to.
On the last day of the program, students present their social change project in teams to an audience of 200 people. We invite students’ parents, school principals, counselors, the press, and a chief guest to be a part of this day. In an online setting, we live stream the same on Facebook and Youtube.
Students in groups will work on a social change project that will provide real tangible solutions to global problems. The project could be in any area of interest from mental health to animal welfare.
The program will be conducted offline in a school.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to share the recordings of the lectures, therefore we request all participants to attend all sessions.
Yes, this is a legitimate program by The Leadership Institute at Harvard College. To know more, please visit the Harvard YLC website.
You can have one-on-one discussions with the instructor/mentor about your project or concerns while attending the program. In addition to being available during breaks, our instructor/mentors will also be available before and after the program starts and ends.
Expect the program to be highly interactive and engaging. There are many group discussions, case studies, and samples to critique. Module-based activities will keep the pace going and so boredom won’t set in. We ensure a two-way interaction by providing enough time for questions, comments, and discussion. Breaks will be scheduled frequently so you can stretch, walk, talk, and grab a bite.
You will get multiple networking opportunities with your fellow participants and the instructor/mentor. We put participants in smaller randomized groups so that you can break the ice and share your passion with like-minded peers. Additionally, students will be broken into teams and will work closely on a social change project. They will have to set up meetings with each other outside of the program.
And finally, at the beginning and end of each day, our instructor/mentor will hold a Q&A session where you can discuss and problem-solve any program or non-program-related queries. This session provides an informal networking opportunity for you.
Please call us at +971 56 199 2709 or email us at ha[email protected] for further information.
Workshop fees need to be paid in full upon receipt of the acceptance email.
Due to limited seating, you may request to cancel your seat for a full refund, up to 2 weeks before the start date of the workshop. This gives us the opportunity to fill the seat. You may cancel by phone or email us at [email protected]. You can choose to reschedule to a new date, hold the paid credit for a future workshop, or get a full refund.
Any cancellation post the above time frame will not be accepted.
Workshop fees are to be paid in full upon receipt of the acceptance email by payment link shared by us.
If you fail to inform us that you cannot attend the program, you will be charged the entire course fee. No certification will be provided.
Yes, we do offer need or merit-based scholarships to applicants. To apply for a scholarship, you need to email us at [email protected] along with your resume and mention the same in the comments section of the application form.
In order to have a consortium of like-minded people, this program is selection-based, and the selection rate is 10%. We are looking for students from all backgrounds and experiences. Whether you’re an active leader in your school already or are looking to become a more confident student, you’re a great candidate to apply. Students are selected based on the quality of answers on the application form. We encourage you to share personal experiences and stories.
You need to fill the application form on the program page and fill the three questions. Upon submission of the form, you will receive an acceptance email in 5-7 business days.
This is high in demand program, and we usually receive 2000 applications for 150 seats from around the world. For this reason, we are unable to send out rejection emails to applicants.
If you have missed the payment deadline, you can request an extension by calling us or emailing us at [email protected]. Depending on the availability of seats, we will offer an extension.
There are 100 to 150 participants in a program from around the world.