Summer 2020

— Raleigh, North Carolina —

Join NCAAT for three days of skill-building, personal growth and community-based education.

About the Program | Sample Schedule | Sponsor a Student

This program is for Asian and Asian American high school students to explore their leadership and advocacy skills, attend educational workshops and professional development panels as well as connect to like-minded youth across NC.


Questions? Check out the FAQ below or email


Support our youth program by sponsoring the cost of attendance for a student:


YLI (Youth Leadership Institute) is NCAAT’s 3-day summer youth program. We are looking for high school students who want to learn more about themselves, their leadership, and how to get involved in their communities and beyond!

Participants will attend educational and interactive workshops and learn from elected officials and community leaders through panels and small group discussions. While connecting with like-minded students, participants will gain new skills for college and beyond and learn about ways to get involved with their community and with NCAAT and its partner nonprofits.

Past participants have gone on to stay involved with NCAAT by creating their own projects, volunteering, and more! By joining YLI participants will join a community at NCAAT and with its partner organizations. Participants get breakfast and lunch during the program as well as access to all workshops, guest speakers, and fun NCAAT items.

Yes, everyone will receive 20 hours for participating in the program. And there will be plenty of opportunities for future hours!

Depending on when you submit your application, there is a registration fee that covers food, materials, and other program expenses.


Early Registration
March 1 – May 5: $50

May 6 – June 10: $75

Late registration
June 11 – June 30: $100

We offer partial and full scholarships to YLI! Please completely fill out the application and indicate in the application that you would like to apply for a scholarship. Once accepted, Danica will follow up with you.

Students ages 13-18 are encouraged to apply! Outside of the age range but still interested in getting involved? Email Danica:

It will be at NCAAT’s office in downtown Raleigh: 711 Hillsborough Street, Suite 102, Raleigh NC 27603. Parking available.

This program was created by a seen need for a space for Asian American youth to explore their identities and learn about different levels of community engagement and leadership. There are certain parts of the program where we will be centering Asian American experience, histories, and dialogue. That being understood, we welcome anyone is who interested and thinks that they would benefit from the program to apply.


Have additional questions?

Sample Schedule

Day 1“Self”
9:00 AM Check-in and breakfast provided
10:00 AM “Self” Workshop 1
11:00 AM “Self” Workshop 2
12:00 PM Lunch provided
1:00 PM “Self” Workshop 3
2:00 PM Caucus Sessions
4:00 PM Spoken Word Performance
4:30 PM End
Day 2“Engagement”
9:00 AM Check-in and breakfast provided
10:00 AM “Engagement” Workshop 1
11:00 AM State Senator Jeff Jackson
12:00 PM Lunch provided
1:00 PM “Engagement” Workshop 2
2:00 PM “Engagement” Workshop 3
4:00 PM State Senator Jay Chaudhuri
4:30 PM End
Day 3“Community”
9:00 AM Check-in and breakfast provided
10:00 AM “Community” Workshop 1
11:00 AM “Community” Workshop 2
12:00 PM Lunch provided
1:00 PM “Community” Workshop 3
2:00 PM Community Leadership and Engagement Panel
4:30 PM End

Youth Leadership Institute Highlights

Meet local and state leaders like State Senator Jay Chaudhuri and learn about various paths to leadership.

Experience interactive workshops to learn about what it takes to be leaders in our communities.