Youth Leadership Summit

Advancing Justice – AAJC's Youth Leadership Summit is coming back in-person the the nation’s capital in Washington, DC!  


 The Youth Leadership Summit is a three day development program for undergraduate college students from a variety of disciplines who are dedicated to addressing issues impacting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. The 2024 summit, which will be held on April 25-27, will bring up to 20 student leaders to Washington, DC for three days of advocacy trainings and leadership development workshops focused on racial equity. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for young advocates from across the country to network and learn together.  

The deadline to apply for the Youth Leadership Summit is end of day on Monday, February 26!

The Youth Leadership Summit will take place all-day in-person in Washington, DC from Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, April 27. Advancing Justice – AAJC will cover travel and hotel costs for students that take part in the YLS program. If you have any questions, please reach out to Joy Sutardji at 

Submit your application now! 

Youth Leadership Summit 2024

Rising Young AAPI Leaders Convene to Advance Civil Rights

Since 2014, Advancing Justice — AAJC has convened prominent college students for its multi-day leadership development program that focuses on advocacy, communications, and civic engagement around policy issues impacting our communities from college campuses to Capitol Hill. 

We are proud to host students from around the country with ancestry in Tibet, Korea, China, Pakistan, Vietnam, India, and the Philippines.

Through interactive workshops, hands-on trainings, and discussions with leaders on Capitol Hill, participants build advocacy and communication skills while gaining a deeper understanding of how they can impact policy decisions.

Over the years, we have had the privilege of convening exemplary young advocates from diverse communities and who span all regions of the country.

Learn more about our 2023 Fall YLS cohort. Read alumni articles and reflection blogs by Amber Nguyen, Aishwarya Sharma and Devin Tran.

2023 Fall Youth Leadership Summit


The Summit was such an eye-opening and inspiring experience that I am extremely grateful to have participated in. From attending and engaging in legislative meetings with senate offices to interactive workshops and presentations on AAJC’s current projects, I developed a strong understanding of how having AAPI representation, strong alliances with BIPOC partners and political power is vital to make policy change positive and lasting. 

-Mika Chan, Seattle University

Being able to interface directly with staffers on the Hill for issues I cared about was incredibly rewarding and is an experience I’ll take away for my future advocacy in the realm of health equity. Attending this year’s Summit has been truly fulfilling during this life-changing pandemic: the skills and knowledge I’ve gained here will undoubtedly serve as the foundation for my future advocacy serving the Asian/American community and beyond.

-Nelson Lin, Brown University 


How To Apply

  • Applicants must be current students enrolled in a 2 or 4-year college/university, from any major or discipline. 
  • Especially encouraged to apply are students with leadership positions in AANHPI campus/community-based organizations or organizations focusing on racial justice, civil rights, immigration, voting, anti-hate, technology, telecommunications, and media diversity.
  • Applicants should be active members in their community and demonstrate this in their essay and resume content. 
  • Applicants must apply via the form
  • All Applicants must submit two references.
  • Finalists will be contacted for a short interview.
State Farm & FedEx

The Youth Leadership Summit is made possible through the generous support of State Farm and FedEx.