Youth Leadership Academy

Are you a change-maker in your community?

Plan USA’s Youth Leadership Academy will give you the tools you need to create the change you want.

Here at Plan International USA, we believe that young people are today’s leaders. Our Youth Leadership Academy is a yearlong program focused on providing global leadership and advocacy tools to young activists through training and mentorship.

Through this hybrid program, you’ll participate in a weeklong in-person intensive training in Washington, D.C. Afterward, you’ll virtually work with your cohort, mentors and Plan staff on a monthly basis virtually as you design and implement a project in your own community associated with one of the sustainable development goals.


Plan USA Youth Leadership Academy in Washington, DC posing for a group photo!

What is the Plan YLA?

The Plan Youth Leadership Academy is a yearlong program designed to help young activists take their leadership to the next level.

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Meet the mentors

As a part of your community project, you’ll be mentored by one of the members of Plan’s Youth Advisory Board. Take a moment to get to know them!

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Your leadership project

As part of Plan’s YLA program, you’ll design and implement your own project to address the social justice issue of your choice. Here are a few examples of what past participants have done.

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After the YLA

After the yearlong YLA experience, you’ll join a network of 500+ alums and stay connected to opportunities from Plan. Wondering what recent alums are doing now?

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Participating in Plan’s Youth Leadership Academy was the single greatest catalyst I had for my political and community involvement. Before this, I was aware of social issues and strongly believed in advocating for change, but wasn’t doing so myself. Through the work I did on my leadership development project, I began working with multiple climate organizations and getting involved with politics.

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What alums are saying

about the YLA

89%
felt they have the ability to motivate others thanks to what they learned.
90%
learned practical and useful skills that they still use today.
93%
strongly believe that young people have a role to play in changing social norms.

About us

Plan International USA is a girls’ rights organization. Powered by supporters, we partner with adolescent girls and their communities around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality, providing the support and resources that are unique to their needs, ensuring they achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity and safety.