Important update due to the COVID-19 public health crisis: We have been closely watching the news of our state under the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our number one priority is the safety of our staff, volunteers, and community members. That being understood, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual Youth Leadership Institute that was scheduled for July 2020. This event relies heavily on the support of our team, volunteers, partners, and community members through the sharing of time, food, skills, and physical space. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 timeline for NC and the immense amount of time and planning that YLI requires, it is not feasible to reschedule the event for later in the year. We hope to offer other forms of virtual summer learning and sharing geared towards our dedicated young people. Keep an eye out for updates in the near future.


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

About the Program | Sponsor a Student

This program is for young people who identify as Asian American 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 young people who identify as Asian American 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!

Registration is $100 until June 1
Registration is $150 after June 1

Registration covers all meals, educational materials, and access to all workshops.
Full and partial scholarships are available upon request.

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 15-20 are encouraged to apply! (must have completed your first year of high school.) 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? Interested in hosting a workshop at YLI?

Sample Schedule


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.