Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a 10-week project-based, leadership development program designed for local university students.

We believe that leadership cannot simply be “taught” in class, but is best developed by working in teams in a challenging environment to achieve a common goal. The program includes 3 workshops to develop your problem solving skills, a project to implement these skills, and a mentoring programme to further enhance your experience – making YLA a valuable experience for you in the future.

All YLA projects have one common theme – social entrepreneurship. We hope that you will benefit from this program and that Malaysia can benefit from your bright ideas!

Notable projects in the past have ranged from distributing day old bread to the homeless to writing, publishing and distributing a book on the legal profession to aspiring lawyers in high school. Social problems are notoriously difficult to solve, that is why we believe that getting bright young future leaders of Malaysia to come together and work on the most critical problems facing Malaysia will create meaningful impact on society. Please refer to ‘What is social entrepreneurship?’ to find out more.

2017 will be YLA’s 10th anniversary, and we truly believe that it has benefited participants in the pass. Here are a few (thankfully!) nice things that YLA alumni have said about the programme:

“YLA has taught me to ponder upon the impossible and to strive for more unrealistic, scary dreams which may seemed undoable at first… I have not only managed to achieve my initial humble aspiration to raise RM 20,000 for orphans but increased that 7.5 times by raising RM 150,000!” Jermaine Bee

“There is no doubt that YLA has inspired me to go  beyond the ordinary. Naim Rahim

“YLA allowed me to discover myself. I now know exactly what my ultimate goal in life is… It has been a year of  discovery for me.” Ken Vin Lek

“YLA taught me to make things happen… It helped me overcome my fears and boost my confidence… It is a stepping stone for life after university!” Rubaina Shokat

“The people at YLA is what I found most invaluable… peers who were capable and keen to make a difference in their community. That, encouraged me to push myself further.” David Chew


20 thoughts on “What is YLA?

  1. Greetings! 🙂

    I was just wondering when & where will this workshop be taking place this year?

  2. Hi Madir,

    YLA is a 12-week youth leadership programme focused on projects revolving around social entrepreneurship. More details can be found either on our site or via our Facebook page.

    Thank you for your interest! Applications will open soon!

  3. Hi,
    Im currently doing a twinning program, which means i will be flying off to an overseas university in July 2016. But as for now, i am still studying in Malaysia. Can i still apply for the program?

    Thanks in advance

  4. Dear Serene,

    Unfortunately to be eligible for YLA, you would need to be a student at a local university or campus.

    We wish you all the best.

    Kind regards,
    YLA 2016

  5. Dear Hazirah,

    Our first workshop is on June 26, with one workshop in July, August and September. As I understand it you will not be around to participate then?

    Kind regards,
    YLA 2016

  6. Hello there,

    I had submitted my application in the month of April 2016. As well, I had placed my University as SNHU (a 4+0 twinning program with HELP).
    1. When would we be inform about the confirmed participants?
    2. Just would like to reconfirm on my application, if I’m still eligible for this program as I’m doing my full twinning program over here in Malaysia until graduation.


  7. HI,
    This program – workshops, is it held on weekends only?
    Since the participants are al uni students, will it affect their studies
    in any way?


  8. I am very interested to join this programme howvere the applications are closed. Is there any way that I could apply for the current programme? If not when is the next application?

  9. Hi Jess,

    Thank you for your interest in our programme. Unfortunately this years cycle has already started. We’ll be back again next year – watch this space in Feb/March! 🙂

  10. Dear Kamala,

    The workshops are held exclusively on Saturday’s to ensure that we do not disrupt uni schedules.

    Hope this helps!

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