"This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease." — Robert Kennedy.

Young Leaders Collective(YLC) is a six months-long fellowship for exceptional individuals across sectors & aims to provide a platform to harness and augment the fellows’ skills while enabling Social Change. This fellowship will run concurrent to the existing vocations of the fellows. YLC will offer curated opportunities & formats for driven, young leaders to leverage their skills & network, beyond their work place, to engineer positive social change.

Why do we need the Program

  • To make social change more inclusive through wider participation from community members.
  • To curate a tribe of youth leaders who are empathetic, creative & committed to bring social change.
  • To provide an effective platform to youth leaders to engineer social change by leveraging their unique skills.

Who is it for?

  • Emerging leaders who are open for immersion into a reflective and socially impactful program to find their True North.
  • Young professionals who have a desire to contribute and leverage their skills & expertise towards social change.
  • Promising leaders who are keen to hone and further enhance their leadership skills.

What will we learn?

  • Empathy: Experience & engage with the world with a new perspective that allows you to understand & connect better with people around you.
  • Creativity: An opportunity to design from scratch and execute a project that channelizes support for impact initiatives serving vulnerable communities.
  • Leadership: Leading a micro movement that calls out for enrolling supporter & resources, beyond the realm of designations & work environment, will help you grow as a leader.

How does it work?

  • Orchestrated engagement for an six months, concurrent to the existing vocations of fellows
  • Local Immersions to connect & help build a perspective on social change
  • Master Classes with inspirational leaders from varied backgrounds
  • Diverse, cross sectional cohort
  • Ingenious Capstone projects to facilitate positive social change

NOTE: Accounting for public health realities, most engagements/orientations for the 2022 cohort will be in virtual/regional formats.

The Program

26 Weeks long engagement. Requires commitment of 60 Hours (~mainly weekends and few weekdays) on behalf of fellows to benefit from & add value to the program.

  • Phase I: Introduction& Immersion -virtual, and on-site visits, engagement with Akshaya Patra leadership
  • Phase II: Learning sessions through Master Classes with industry leaders
  • Phase III – Capstone Project - Work on project that will mobilize support for impact initiatives
  • Phase IV: Reflection – Review the journey from immersion to action.

Meet YLC Fellows 2022

Suhel Yadav

Suhel Yadav

Bharti Airtel

Sumit Charkha

Sumit Charkha

IIM- Indore
EY India

Shaunak Handa

Shaunak Handa

Envestnet Yodlee

Eva Chikara

Eva Chikara

BNPL Fresh Produce

Ajinkya Deshpande

Ajinkya Deshpande

Welingkar Institute of Management
Colgate Palmolive India Ltd

Nupur Aggarwal

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research
Accenture Strategy

Ridesha Saha

Ridesha Saha

Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies
Reliance Industries Limited

Shikha Pathak

Shikha Pathak

Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication

Lokesh Tayal

Lokesh Tayal

IFP School & IIT- Kanpur
Start-Up Consultant

Lokesh Tayal

Lakshmi Mrudula Bhattiprolu

Duke University
Cloudnine Group of Hospitals

YLC Mentor council

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Celebrity Chef & Padma Shri Awardee

Divya Balagopal

Co-Founder & Senior Partner Mundkur Law Partners

Pankaj Chaddah

Co-Founder Mindhouse, Zomato

Sahil Barua

Founders & CEO, Delhivery


Sandeep Banerjee

Ex Managing Director of Compass Group (India)

Sri Rajan

Partner, Bain & Company
San Francisco

Vinita Bali

Board Member – IIM Bangalore, CRISIL, Titan Industries

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