"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 year-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 entire year, 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, all engagements/orientations for the 2021 cohort will be in virtual/regional formats.

The Program

52 Week long engagement. Requires commitment of 160 Hours (~20 days, mainly weekends) 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: Sandbox – Define your Capstone project – individually or with fellow leaders
  • Phase IV: Rollout – Bring to life your Capstone project that would mobilize support for impact initiatives.
  • Phase V: Reflection – Review the journey from immersion to action.

Apply for Next Cohort

Applications for Cohort 21 are now closed. Watch this space for our next announcement

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Age: 27-35 Years of Age by March 31st 2021
  • Nationality: Indian

All applications are evaluated on leadership skills, creative acumen, entrepreneurial attitude and social impact vision

For any queries, please reach out to [email protected]

Applications for Cohort 21 are now closed

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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