To learn about previous YLC Conferences, please visit:www.harvardylc.cor
Date: 4th July - 8th July 2023
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm GST
Eligibility: Ages 13-17
Extended Deadline : 1st July 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
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.
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
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
Learn about different situational leadership styles, negotiation and problem mapping. Negotiation, Communication, Cohesion, Clarity, Adapting and Courage
Analyse various leadership videos and TED talks to understand the nuances of leadership. Community Building, Project Planning, Task Management, Team Dynamic Analysis
Develop your public speaking skills by deep diving into elevator pitches, debating and defending your opinions. Confidence, Presentation Skills, Task Management and Teamwork
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
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.
Jailene is a junior in Lowell House from Las Vegas, NV, USA. Academically she is concentrating in Human Evolutionary Biology and has a passion for public service, specifically by fighting for immigrant rights in the United States and educational equity/accessibility worldwide. On campus, she is the Executive Director of the National Latina Empowerment and Development Conference. Also, she is the Director of a volunteer tutoring organization for recent high school-age immigrants in the Boston area. She desires to have an impact by creating opportunities for people to form more promising lives for themselves, such as through educational programs for young students. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and learning languages in her free time.
Jonada is a rising sophomore in Eliot House from Albania. She is concentrating in Government with a focus on conflict in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. On campus, Jonada has been involved with Model UN and the Harvard Albanian Students Association. She is currently on a gap year and hopes to learn Russian and become part of Harvard Women in Law next fall. She is passionate about women’s rights and educational equity and in her spare time she loves to read, journal, and travel.
Donia is a senior at Harvard concentrating in Government + Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a secondary in Economics. On campus, she’s involved with planning Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) conferences and has loved seeing all the students come up with creative solutions through staffing Boston and international conferences. She's also involved with the Harvard Program for International Education (HPIE) where she teaches once a week at a local high school and loves interacting with the students. Donia is interested in a career in global affairs in the future and in potentially working abroad. Outside of school, she loves exploring new music, playing tennis, and cooking. She can’t wait to meet you all soon!
Mateo is a junior at Leverett House from Virginia, United States. At Harvard, he is pursuing a joint-concentration in Computer Science and Government with a secondary in Theatre. On campus, he has been involved with Harvard Primus, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Leadership Institute at Harvard College, Harvard Undergraduate Admissions Council, Act on a Dream, Harvard College Interfaith Forum, Harvard MIT Math Tournament, Harvard Gaming Group, and the Harvard Institute of Politics. He wishes to spread awareness of pertininent and enriching principles for college by guiding and mentoring prospective students. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, mountain biking, watching anime, tinkering with tech, and playing board games with family.
Daniela is a sophomore in Cabot House from New York City. Academically she is joint concentrating in Neuroscience and Philosophy and has a passion for social advocacy. On campus, she co-founded the Future of Intelligence, an organization committed to providing free AI-education to underserved students. In her spare time, she enjoys journaling, meditating, and working out.
Japesh is a first year at Harvard College in Lowell House who was born and raised in Maryland, U.S.A. He plans on concentrating in Bioengineering and working on novel therapeutic treatments such as cancer therapies after graduating. Japesh is involved in a variety of activities on campus including research at the Church Lab, consulting for the Harvard Biotech Club, and Harvard's South Asian Association. He enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling the world whenever the opportunity arises. He especially loves watching & playing basketball and learning new languages(Currently he knows 5 and is learning Sanskrit). He hopes that through this opportunity he will be able to help students navigate the college application process and teach them the value of curiosity.
Harold is a sophomore in Eliot house from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Academically he is interested in macro and development economics and has a deep passion for continental philosophy. On campus, he writes opinion pieces for The Crimson and is on the executive board of the Harvard Review of Philosophy. He is passionate about immigrant rights and global development. In his free time, he loves playing guitar, going to concerts, and reading about American history.
Nibrass is class of 2025 at Harvard College, majoring in Computer Science. Originally from northwestern Tunisia, Nibrass now lives in Currier House and enjoys trekking from the Quad across the Charles river bridge to the SEC. Nibrass is super active on campus and has recently performed Punjabi dance at Ghungroo, the largest South Asian cultural event at Harvard. He's also part of the Society of Arab Students, the French Club and the Harvard Computer Society. Nibrass enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, traveling and cooking, and is always eager to have a deep conversation!
"My name is Samira Sanni. I'm from India. I come from Jamaica College Grade 8. I joined Harvard YLC to learn about leadership skills and improve my knowledge of the topic. I learned during this YLC conference. I think I've gained a stronger vocabulary. I've learned many things about leadership. I've had ups and downs like Tada and aha moments, but I've learned a lot about leadership. So my social change project, my group and team, are focusing on cultural discrimination and how the history in the past has affected what it is today. I'm really excited to present it tomorrow and share it with all the parents and the audience. For me joining this programme, I think the first reason would be to uplift my confidence. The second one is obviously to learn more about leadership because that is what I'm passionate about. And the third one would probably just be to come here and socialise and make some new friends as well. this? Yeah, the top skills that I've learned during this Harvard YLC conference are public speaking and collaboration. "
"My name is Layan Eyas Zakri I'm from the Jeddah Pvt International School in Saudi Arabia, and I'm in 8th grade. I joined Harvard YLC Because I thought it was a really great opportunity for me to learn more about leadership and the different aspects that come with that. Yeah, Harvard YLC gave me the most unexpected experience in a good way, because I was expecting that I would be nervous, I won't relate with the mentors or so more, but honestly, it was just like my second home. I felt really comfortable in it and As I said, I got a lot of new experiences and skills. The people I met come from different backgrounds and different countries it was really nice to meet all this diversity of people, and I really like that part. One word that will describe Harvard YLC is amazing and yeah, I really recommend you to come and join and get this experience since it's probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you'll gain so much from it. "
"My name is Farhana Jardine, I'm the academic coordinator at Jeddah Pvt International School from Saudi Arabia, and I'm here with my students who are participating in the Harvard program. For many of the students, This is the first time that they have ventured out of their comfort zone at Jeddah Private International School. This program has given them the opportunity to interact with students from other schools, other nationalities, and other age groups, and it's really been an eye-opener for many of them and it's really built their self-esteem and confidence. I would recommend this program to all other students. "
"إسمه سالم الزعبي من لبنان أنا أنا مدرس بمدرسة خاصة على مية جبنا إحنا معانا آ 21% ز آ حداشر شاب وعشرة صبايا ونحنا جينا على اليد رشيد بورشيد إللي عملتها ربيت كرمال تغلبنا هيعملوها في لبنان في طور من نفسيتهم من من شخصيتهم. صراحة نحنا تفاجئنا باللغة إللي عم يقدموها.عرفت سوا هني كانوا حاطين لك كل مجموعة قائد هذا القائد ورهانه يوجههن كيف هني يشتغلوا كذا انتي شن.عم يشتغلوا على اشياء بحاجة لقلب.نستقبل فبالنهاية إنهم يحضرون إنه يكون وليد رشاد بالمستقبل فهيدا الشي كثير مهم أنا بنصح كل المدرسة اتفكر إنها تشارك بهيك نشاطات بالرغم إنه هي بلد تاني يمكن هو شيء جديد على الطلاب بس هيدا الشي راح يكون فور بنات لكل طالب يعني لكل طالب راح يستفيد راح ياخد معه أشياء ما يتعلق بالمدرسة يجولي فهذه الأشياء بس بياخدها بهيك نوع من النشاطات وصراحة أنا أكثر من متفاجئ آه طلابنا كانوا عم يشتغلوا كل الوقت. وفي لعب هلا في منظر اللي هو موجه بالنسبة لكل المجموعة، هذا المنظر شغلته إنه يعلمهم كيف عم يعملوا بريزنتيشن في حاله لي بدون شي بيساعدهم وبعدين بيحطون على الطريق الصحيح بيعتمد على حاله لحتى بيطلعوا بأحلى زاد وإن شاء الله نحنا هلق راح نحضر برزنتيشن معهن وأيدت انك إنه راح يكون شغلنا مميزة أوكي؟ "
"My name is Aman Nair, I'm the academic coordinator at Jeddah Pvt International School from Saudi Arabia, and I'm here with my students who are participating in the Harvard program. For many of the students, This is the first time that they have ventured out of their comfort zone at Jeddah Private International School. This program has given them the opportunity to interact with students from other schools, other nationalities, and other age groups, and it's really been an eye-opener for many of them and it's really built their self-esteem and confidence. I would recommend this program to all other students."
"Ready to take your education to the next level? Look no further than the YLC program! Our program offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with students from all over the world and gain valuable knowledge and insights. Plus, our expert mentors are here to guide you every step of the way. "
"Listen to one of our HYLC participants, Harsh Srivastava talk about his experience. His interaction with the mentors was both fun and insightful, and he learnt valuable leadership lessons that he could implement in his daily life. "
"According to her, Marie was fully engaged and enthusiastic from day one, and came back home transformed; taking notes, challenging concepts and engaging in meaningful discussions with her family. "
"Flashback to the incredible Harvard YLC 2022 conference! We're thrilled to share a testimonial from Harvard Mentor, Jessica Austin, who was bubbling with excitement while interacting with talented students from all around the world. Join us this year and be part of the magic at Harvard YLC. Don't miss your chance to shine! "
"Ready to become the next superstar leader? Anamta Shahzad sure is! She attended the Harvard Youth Leadership Conference in Dubai last year and gained several leadership skills. Who knows what you could achieve at Harvard YLC 2023? "
"Experience the thrill of Harvard YLC like never before! Watch these three enthusiastic students share their amazing testimonials from the 2022 conference. They had a blast with fun-filled lectures and informative sessions, guided by incredible mentors who inspired them to learn and grow. The interactive and collaborative environment made it an unforgettable experience, connecting them with peers from around the globe. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of Harvard YLC 2023! "
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"Arjun, a talented student from the Cambridge High School shares his transformational journey during HYLC, which included interacting with diverse cultures, honing leadership skills, and taking impactful steps towards personal growth. Join us and unleash your leadership potential! "
"Empowering Young Leaders at HYLC! Monisha Punjabi, a proud parent of Vardan Punjabi, shares her son’s incredible experience during the Harvard YLC Program. From making new friends to learning valuable terminologies, Vardaan’s growth has been remarkable. Join us on this transformative journey and set a strong foundation for your child's leadership skills! "
" Unleashing Curiosity and Growth at HYLC! Fadi Youssef, a proud parent from Kuwait, shares his immense excitement to see his son, Joseph at the HYLC conference. Join us at HYLC and witness your child's curiosity soar as they embark on a transformative learning journey! "
" Amplifying Voices and Empowering Future Leaders at HYLC! Marie Rouanet, a passionate student from France, shares her incredible journey of self-discovery and growth at the Harvard YLC conference. From enhancing her leadership and communication skills to making a positive change in the world, Marie's experience has been transformative. Join us and unleash the leader within your child, as they connect with like-minded individuals and contribute to impactful social change projects! "