"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 1st Cohort

We are looking to induct exceptional Leaders in the founding Cohort

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

  • Eligibility Criterion:
    Age: 27-35 Years of Age by March 31st 2021
    Nationality: Indian
  • Application Start Date: 1st Dec. 2020
  • Application Close Date: 31st Jan. 2021
  • Interviews with Shortlisted Candidates: Till 1st March 2021
  • Final list of Fellows for 2021 Cohort Released: 15th March 2021

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


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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