In a world more interconnected than ever before, leaders need to be well-prepared with the right knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to be successful. Asia Society's Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is a week-long summer program for high school students aimed at promoting global competence as well as leadership skills.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 uncertainty, this summer's Young Leaders Institute is moving online! Learn more about what that means. Read the FAQs »
Throughout the week, students will engage in the four tenets of global competency: investigating the world, recognizing perspectives, communicating ideas, and taking action. They will learn about the global policy issues of the day from expert speakers — from Houston and around the country — then work in teams researching, debating, and presenting solutions for the challenges facing the world. Students will hone their critical research, writing, and presentation skills while receiving guidance and feedback from Asia Society staff and online mentors. On the Institute's final day, student groups will present their policy recommendations developed from all they have learned throughout the week.
Since launching in 2016, the Young Leaders Institute has provided new perspectives and strengthened skills for more than 200 students. The Institute's fifth year has broadened each session from a country-specific focus to highlight current, timely issues.
Topics discussed during the COVID-19: Reflections and New Realities session may include the following (subject to change):
- The origins and transmissions of COVID-19, and how pandemics spread in a globalized world
- The role of multilateral partnerships in tackling a worldwide pandemic, particularly between China and the U.S.
- Economic and financial impacts of lockdowns in specific sectors as well as more broadly
- How Houston prepared and reacted to the pandemic
- Mental health and social disruption in the age of coronavirus
- The role of technology in treating or tracing COVID-19 cases
- Misinformation and the dangers it can pose
- Rise of xenophobia and racist incidents
- Impact on international students, businesses, and other cross-border exchange
Speakers will be announced soon. For questions, please email TXYLI@asiasociety.org.