Youth Leadership Academy


These are the frequently asked questions (FAQ) that we have received in the past. This section should provide answers to some of the questions you might have.


1. How many workshops and training sessions are there?
There will be a total of three workshops, all held on a Saturday.
Workshops: 26th Sep, 24th Oct and 28th Nov 2020
Training sessions: 19th Sep, 10 Oct and 14th Nov 2020
2. Is this programme only for those interested in the corporate sector?
Not at all. While many of our mentors are from the corporate sector, they are also deeply involved in leadership roles in their community. The YLA programme aims to develop future leaders of Malaysia across all fields and sectors. We recognise that there are many ways to create positive change and are committed to helping you work toward achieving your leadership vision, whatever that may be.
3. Do I qualify?
YLA is a diverse and select group of up to 50 of the most talented and driven Malaysian full-time students currently studying at a university in Malaysia. We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated strong leadership potential, personal drive, and a passion and energy for making a difference in our community and country. It does not matter what field you are currently studying (law, engineering, accounting, interior design, etc) as we are interested in your leadership potential, strong sense of achievement, and track record of wanting to be a leader and making a change. The age limit for this programme is 28 years old.
4. Is there a minimum academic criteria I need to meet?
YLA participants will be selected based on a combination of their personal achievements, leadership experiences, and communication skills in addition to their academic track record.
5. What is the application and screening process like?
The first step is filling up an application, and you can do it right now! Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview - either in person, via video, or over the phone.
6. What are some tips for writing a good essay?
The essay is a way for us to understand you better as a person and discover your leadership potential. Be honest and use the essay as a way to tell us about yourself. Also, be sure to check for spelling and grammatical errors.
7. How much time am I expected to devote to the programme?
This programme comprises three workshops (2 half-days and 1 full day), three training sessions, and working together with your team to develop and implement your social venture idea. To maximise your experience, we would suggest you that you are fully committed to all 3 workshops  and 3 training session which will be held on a Saturday. Throughout the 10 weeks, to fully immerse yourself in the programme, we would suggest you allocate around 2-3 hours a week towards realising the success of your project. The more time spent on developing your project and speaking to your McKinsey coach, the more you will be able to fully benefit from the program. As the saying goes - practice makes perfect!
8. What is the fee for the programme?
There is no fee for this programme.
9. Whom do I contact if I have any additional questions?
If you have any further questions about this programme, drop us a message via our Facebook page.
10. Where will the interviews and events be held?
This year, interviews will be carried out remotely. There will be a mix of remote training sessions with a mix of virtual and (if the situation permits) in-person workshops in Klang Valley.