Thank you for your interest in the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA)! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 YLA will be a virtual event. The virtual academy will take place July 26-29, 2021 and will be a meaningful and engaging experience for young people across the country. The YLA will include interactive workshops, opportunities to learn from activists and influencers, small group discussion, mentoring and the opportunity to meet like-minded youth! We hope you’ll join us this summer and participate in this unique experience. Leaders like you are the ones who make a difference during difficult times.
Are you a motivated high school student who's ready to lead social change and help create an equal world?
Plan International USA (Plan) is looking for young change-makers who want to learn more about global issues and civic engagement. If this sounds like you, the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) will be a highly transformative experience.
What is the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA)?
The four-day program includes interactive workshops on topics such as climate change and gender equality; learning from youth advocates and influencers; and networking with other aspiring youth activists to tackle social issues on a local and global scale. The 2021 YLA will be held virtually.
At the YLA, we’ll help you:
- Develop your personal leadership style.
- Unpack and understand the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Learn how to advocate for yourself and the social issues you care about.
- Gain expertise in designing and implementing projects.
- Make lifelong friends with like-minded participants and members of the international development community.
After the YLA, you will become part of Plan’s national network of youth leaders, media influencers and international development experts, all of whom are committed to social impact! You will implement your Leadership Development Plan (LDP) during the 2021/22 academic year on an SDG of your choice with help from a Plan mentor. This is a perfect opportunity to expand your skills while preparing for college and beyond. Your LDP can also be used for high capstone projects or service-learning credit.
Alumni say the YLA …
- Increased their confidence to advocate for issues they care about.
- Improved their ability to take on leadership and advocacy roles within their community.
- Was a good way to meet and network with other young activists and change-makers.
The 2021 YLA application will open with priority deadline on April 16, 2021 and general deadline on May 14, 2021. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the close of the applicaton on July 7, 2021.
Check out the YLA agenda to see all of the sessions you will get to participate in this summer!
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Cost to attend
Thanks to a generous donor, Plan is able to offer the YLA for free to all participants.
Plan International USA is a girls’ rights organization. Powered by supporters, we partner with adolescent girls and children around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality, providing the support and resources that are unique to their needs and the needs of their communities, ensuring they achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity and safety.