High School Achievers

Dubai (July 2020)

The YLAC High School Achievers program is a summer boot camp. Designed as a mix of exercises, lectures and group work, the program presents a unique platform for students to develop their critical thinking skills and hone their leadership potential.
In Dubai, the program will run from 10th July to 17th July at the Nook Co-working in OneJLT, Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
See:   Schedule   |   Deadlines   |   Fees & Scholarships   |   Eligibility & FAQs   |   Applications




Identity and Privilege

Friday July 10

Venue: OneJLT
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Who are you? How have your personal experiences shaped the way you perceive the world? Do you recognize your privileges?

Equality and Justice

Saturday July 11

Venue: OneJLT
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Why are there so many disparities around us? What should a ‘just’ society entail?

Patterns from History

Sunday July 12

Venue: OneJLT
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

How have civilizations evolved? How have their interactions with each other changed over time? Are there any patterns to observe or lessons to take away?

The Government

Monday July 13

Venue: OneJLT
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Why did humans get together to form the government? What role does it play in shaping society and how can you engage with it?


Tuesday July 14

Tools of Advocacy

Wednesday July 15

Venue: OneJLT
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

What can you do to make other people care? How should you build support for your cause?

Businesses and Social Good

Thursday July 16

Venue: OneJLT
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Do businesses only make profit? How do businesses move the society forward?

Group dynamics & Leadership | Closing

Friday July 17

Venue: OneJLT
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Why do some teams deliver and others don’t? How can you channelize your energy to lead change?

See:   Schedule   |   Deadlines   |   Fees & Scholarships   |   Eligibility & FAQs   |   Applications




Scholarships deadline: 15th April, 2020 (Wednesday)

Final deadline: 15th May, 2020 (Friday)
Applications to the High School Achievers program shall be processed on a rolling basis. Typically, applicants will be informed of the admissions decision within 3-4 weeks of their candidature being filed. Some applications may be also waitlisted and the concerned candidates shall be informed of the admissions decision with a revised timeline within the window indicated above.
Candidates applying for scholarships must ensure that both their program and scholarship applications reach us on or before the first deadline – 15th April, 2020. Ideally, both applications should be submitted within a week of each other.

See:   Schedule   |   Deadlines   |   Fees & Scholarships   |   Eligibility & FAQs   |   Applications


Fees & Scholarships


Program Fee

AED 2,700 per participant (all inclusive)

Fees will be payable after the applicant is selected into the program. YLAC will make arrangements for lunch and refreshments during the in-class sessions. Applicants travelling from other cities should make their own boarding and lodging arrangements.


We recognize that all deserving candidates may not have the means to fund their participation in the program. To support such candidates, YLAC will offer need and merit based scholarships. Scholarship amounts will range between 25% and 75% of the total program fee. YLAC will decide on the quantum of support based on its assessment of the applicant’s merit and need.
For the 2020 edition of the High School Achievers program, up to six applicants will be offered scholarships in each city. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit additional details here.

See:   Schedule   |   Deadlines   |   Fees & Scholarships   |   Eligibility & FAQs   |   Applications


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Should I consider joining?

The High School Achievers program is designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and explore their leadership potential. It widens their perspective by giving them exposure to liberal arts, especially debates in philosophy, political science, sociology and economics. Interactions with community members and experts give students an opportunity to directly engage with people to enhance their learning.

The broader aim of the High School Achievers program is to inspire people to think about their social context and to find their purpose in the larger society – be it in the public sector or the private. The exposure also helps students strengthen their profile, build a stronger resume and open up avenues and opportunities for higher education.

Still have questions? See this short video where the founders of YLAC speak about the High School Achievers program.

2. Am I eligible to apply?

If you are studying in grades 9th to 12th and are no more than 18 years of age, you are eligible to apply. Students who are moving into class 9th or those who have just completed their class 12th exams are also eligible.

3. What are the selection criteria?

We look for talented students who wish to change the world around them. There are no prerequisites as such. Students are selected on the basis of their responses to the questions in a short application form.

4. What is the program duration?

The overall duration of the program is one week.

5. Is the program residential?

The High School Achievers program is not designed as a residential program. Students travelling from other cities are expected to make their own stay arrangements.

In the past, we have had several students join us from other cities within the country and abroad. In such cases, students often stay in the program city with either friends or family.

6. Is there a pick-up & drop facility?

Students are expected to make their own arrangements for travel to and from the venue. At our end, we try and select program venues that are centrally located and easily accessible via public transport. Often our students pool with others travelling from their part of town. We usually help facilitate pooling once the cohort has been finalized.

7. Is HSA a conventional classroom?

Not at all! Our methodology is anything but conventional. Our teaching methods are not the usual chalk and duster lectures; we use role-plays, group exercises, peer evaluations, videos and games to make the classroom come alive.

At YLAC, we believe that learning should not be boring and we invest a lot of time and effort in making sure that we deliver on that promise! You can watch some of our student's testimonials from the previous editions here to see how they enjoyed the program.

8. Who facilitates the sessions?

The sessions are taught and facilitated by the YLAC team, including the founders. During the course of the program, a number of external speakers are also invited to interact with our students, and engage with them on a range of issues and subjects.

9. What is the class size?

Typically, the class size is 30-45 students.

10. Is attendance compulsory?

Yes, attendance at the sessions is mandatory. Successful completion requires that a student not miss more than one day during the entire duration of the program. Special circumstances can be considered on a case by case basis, but approval must be sought from YLAC facilitators in advance.

11. Do I get a certificate? Are there any specific requirements for graduation?

Yes, students are given a certificate of successful completion at the end of the program. Successful completion requires regular attendance at the program as well as active and constructive participation in sessions.

Each student's contribution is closely monitored by the facilitators and this serves as an important determinant for graduation from the program. Outstanding students are also separately recognized.

12. What is the refund policy?

In case any unforeseen circumstances prevent you from joining the program, you can request our office to initiate the refund process. YLAC will refund 100% of your payment if the request is received 30 days before the beginning of the program. For requests received 15 days before the program, the refund amount shall be 50% of the payment received. YLAC shall not be able to issue any refunds in case the intimation reaches us at a shorter notice.

If the program is cancelled by YLAC due to unanticipated issues (such as the spread of COVID-19), the full fee shall be refunded.

See:   Schedule   |   Deadlines   |   Fees & Scholarships   |   Eligibility & FAQs   |   Applications