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Program Details


Date: 4th July - 8th July 2023


Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm GST


Eligibility: Ages 13-17


2nd Deadline: 31st May 2023


Fee: AED 5,000/-*


Venue: GEMS New Millennium School,
Al Khail, Dubai

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

Learn core leadership skills & navigate your college, career and life

Create a social change project & unlock your leadership potential

Create a social change project & unlock your leadership potential

Get one year of free mentorship from Harvard Trainers

Get one year of free mentorship from Harvard Trainers

Earn a completion certificate by Leadership Institute at Harvard

Earn a Certificate of Achievement from Harvard Mentors

Unleash the leader in you!

Conducted by Harvard Mentors, the Harvard Youth Leadership Conference transforms highschool students like you into the confident problem-solvers, collaborators and communicators, who will solve global issues and lead the change of tomorrow.

Over the 5 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

Learn To


Introducing Leadership

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.

Words from those Who Took the Course (And Loved it)

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.

You have Questions? We have Answers!