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2022 Young Leaders Institute: Global Education

In a world that is more globally connected than ever, leaders need to be well-prepared with the right knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to succeed. The Asia Society Texas Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is a week-long summer program for high school students that promotes global competencies, elevates leadership skills, and connects students from backgrounds and various experiences.

Since its launch in 2016, the Young Leaders Institute has provided new perspectives and strengthened the skills of nearly 400 students. Year seven of the Institute returns to all-in-person sessions, as students are invited to explore some of the most current and relevant global issues for young leaders today.

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What skills will students learn at the Young Leaders Institute?

During the Institute, students will engage with the four principles of global competence, as defined by the Asia Society Center for Global Education: to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action.

Throughout the week, students will deepen their knowledge of current global political issues, then work in teams to research and develop solutions to challenges facing the world. In their groups, students will practice their communication and collaboration skills, strengthen their written and oral presentation skills, and engage respectfully and reflectively with their peers to expand their view and understanding of the world.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn new approaches to leadership and practice the different skills required of leaders – not only taking initiative, but also collaborating, practicing empathy and overcoming differences.

What activities should students expect during the Institute?

During the Institute, students will hear lectures from experts in the field, participate in team-building or leadership activities, and work in groups to research, debate, and present policy solutions to challenges facing the world. confronted. Although students have time to work during the session, some work outside Institute hours will be expected.

On the final day of the Institute, groups of students will present their policy recommendations drawn from all they have learned throughout the week before a panel of impartial judges. A top group will be selected and honored for their policy presentation. Students will be mentored throughout the week by Asia Society Texas staff, receiving feedback and guidance on topics, teamwork, and presentation skills.

Session 3: Global Education

Program: Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 25, 2022・8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily
Site: Asia Society Texas Center: 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004

Students accepted for this session will receive an email and information pack approximately one week prior to the start date.

What topics could be covered in the global education session?

  • Enrollment rate in the world, especially in Asia
  • What it means to have access to quality education
  • Roles played by local, national and international organizations
  • Cultural attitudes towards education
  • How access to education is linked to upward socio-economic mobility
  • Girls’ education and access to education around the world
  • How education can use high-tech, low-tech and distance learning approaches
  • The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic on education around the world

Speakers will be announced shortly.


“Yes, [I would recommend YLI]! It was very informative and I’m sure my friends would enjoy it! I also liked being treated as a policy maker, as I am very interested in these issues. The feedback has been good and I will definitely use the information and strategies I learned from this session in my daily life. — 2021 U.S.-China Relations Student

“The most important thing I learned this week was to not only learn to listen to others, but also to learn to combine key skills such as research, teamwork, politics and presentation. (As demonstrated by many speakers who spoke to us this week.) I also learned the importance of being considerate of others.—Public Health Student 2021

“I would recommend the Young Leaders Institute to my peers because this week-long camp provided excellent insight into global issues as well as key leadership qualities that can be developed by collaborating with your group members!” — Public Health Student 2021

“A good leader is open-minded, caring and enthusiastic. After attending YLI, I will become more positive. A positive attitude is contagious and will encourage others to be more open to other people’s ideas. — Student 2021 Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Additional sessions

Session 1: Energy and sustainability
From Monday 20 June to Friday 24 June 20228:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily
Explore the complex and interconnected issues of energy and sustainability, including the roles played by industries in transition, new technologies and global governments, in the context of worsening climate disasters around the world and increased pressure for environmental justice and equity.

Session 2: International Security and Defense
From Monday July 11 to Friday July 15, 20228:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily
Examine the difficult dynamics of international military strategy and national defense in the Asia-Pacific region, including handling South China Sea sovereignty issues, U.S. relations with East Asian allies East and Southeast and the Nuclear Threat of North Korea.

The Young Leaders Institute is presented by BP America. Asia Society Texas education and outreach programs are presented by Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by the Cathay Bank Foundation and the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in exhibits and public programming to Houston.

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About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.