Reflect | Act | Transform

Founded in 2016, Young Leaders for Active Citizenship (YLAC) aims to increase the participation of young people in the policymaking 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 different cities in India, Nepal and UAE in addition to undertaking projects in civic engagement and public policy. Our work is guided by our Board of Advisors – Dr. Shashi Tharoor (Member of Parliament, India), Mr. Baijayant Panda (Former Member of Parliament, India) and Prof. Michael Walton (Harvard University).



Upcoming programs

Counter Speech Fellowship

The YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship with Instagram engages creative teens to use the power of visual storytelling to lead change. Hinged on using arts for advocacy, the fellowship is currently working with exceptional teenagers in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Kolkata to start meaningful conversations on the themes of Bullying, Diversity, Mental Wellbeing, Body Positivity, Gender Equality and Sustainability [Read more…]

Young Researchers for Social Impact

The Young Researchers for Social Impact program is a one-of-its-kind online engagement designed to immerse high school students in live research projects with prominent social impact organizations. Candidates are carefully selected, trained and mentored over a period of four weeks to build their capacity as critical thinkers and problem solvers who can leverage the tools of research and advocacy to produce thought-provoking solutions to pressing issues that affect our societies today.

In the summer of 2020, the program is scheduled to run twice – the first edition in May-June and the second in July. [Read more…]



Building Capacity to Lead Change


Critical Thinking



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Projects & Campaigns

Advocacy for Change

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