High School Achievers

The High School Achievers program is a one-of-a-kind summer program designed to help young adults become active agents of change in society. It is a unique opportunity for students in grades 9th to 12th to broaden their perspective, build critical thinking skills, interact with thought leaders from diverse backgrounds and hone their leadership potential.
As the first-ever initiative under the YLAC umbrella, the High School Achievers program was launched from Delhi in 2016 and has since expanded to other cities. The program is designed as a week long bootcamp that includes discussions, group exercises and field visits. Sessions engage students in intriguing debates in philosophy, political science, sociology and economics, and help explore the interconnected nature of knowledge, all the while using a participatory and experiential pedagogy that makes learning fun.
Applications to the 2023 editions of the High School Achievers program are now open. This year, the program will be run in three cities: Bengaluru (May), Delhi (June) and Mumbai (June). Please follow the links below to see details and apply.
Details:   Bengaluru   |   Delhi   |   Mumbai   |   Applications


2023 Editions

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7th – 14th May


4th – 11th Jun


18th – 25th Jun


The Journey So Far


Since its launch in 2016, the High School Achievers program has attracted talented and passionate students from the best schools in the country and abroad. Not only have students learnt from the debates in class, they have expanded their understanding by interacting with an eclectic mix of speakers – policymakers, bureaucrats, professionals working with leading companies, as well as civil society members working in areas such as health and education.
Students from the earlier cohorts of the program have now graduated from school and are pursuing higher education from some of the best colleges in India and abroad – including Cambridge, Berkeley, Ashoka University, Yale, Delhi University etc. Several of our alumni have also launched their own initiatives to channelize their leadership skills for social change.
Each cohort of the program has added to the very strong community of passionate citizens that YLAC is trying to build and we hope to continue nurturing it.

Details:   Bengaluru   |   Delhi   |   Mumbai   |   Applications


Building Capacity to Lead Change


Critical Thinking




Advocacy for Change

Civic Action & Impact