Young Leaders Institute

Cultivate skills. Connect with community. Create change.

“YLI is a place where I found community amongst like-minded South Asians Americans who are passionate about justice.” –Jasveen, The New School, 2016 YLI Fellow

“I felt empowered to create change.  New ideas were forming in my mind on how to involve my campus in the revolution.” –Priya, University of Florida, 2015 YLI Fellow

SAALT’s Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is an opportunity for students and young adults ages 17-22 in the U.S. to build leadership skills, connect with activists and mentors, and explore social change strategies around issues that affect South Asian and immigrant communities in the U.S. SAALT welcomes applications from young leaders who are not enrolled in academic institutions. We also accept applicants from all types of academic institutions including universities, colleges, community colleges, vocational training, etc. Applications of young adults who are older and/or in graduate school will also be accepted and considered. The Institute is designed to cultivate skills to deepen knowledge and awareness, strengthen and nurture relationships with diverse communities, and empower young leaders to be agents of change.

SAALT’s 2018-2019 Young Leaders Institute (YLI) cohort will identify strategies and craft projects to support those highly impacted at their academic institutions and/or local South Asian communities. We encourage projects that center and uplift caste oppressed, undocumented, working class and poor, Muslim, and Sikh groups. All projects should also incorporate a civic engagement and social media component.


All applicants should:
  • Record responses directly into the Word document accessible here
  • Submit all application materials as one PDF document
  • Save your application materials as “Name of Applicant_2018YLIApplication”
Due to popular demand, the deadline has been extended to June 8. Please submit completed applications to Almas Haider at by June 8, 2018.

Review the Young Leaders Institute Frequently Asked Questions page here

Meet past SAALT Young Leaders Institute Cohorts