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Published on November 18, 2022



Harvard YLC leadership Conference – Dubai

Curated at the Leadership Institute At Harvard College, YLC helps students gain the confidence, leadership skills, and global perspective you need to lead change within your local and global community.

Back with an in-person conference after 3 years!

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Harvard YLC leadership Conference – Dubai

Curated at the Leadership Institute At Harvard College, YLC helps students gain the confidence, leadership skills, and global perspective you need to lead change within your local and global community.

Back with an in-person conference after 3 years!

Apply now

Download Brochure

28th Dec 2022
1st Jan 2023

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Grade 8 -12
Age 13 -17

28th November 2022

5,000 Dirham

Priority Deadline

31st October 2022

28th Dec 2022
1st Jan 2023
8:00 am to
4:00 pm
Grade 8 -12
Age 13 -17
28th November 2022
5,000 Dirham

Priority Deadline

31st October 2022

Program will run offline at Durham School Dubai . Priority deadline applicants get preference in their admission.

About Durham Dubai

Durham Dubai is a branch school of Durham UK, one of the oldest schools in the UK with a 600-year history of academic excellence. As such, we are able to draw upon the skills and experience of our colleagues in the UK and in our other international schools in Qatar and Kenya. Durham is a truly international organisation its roots may be in the UK, but its outlook is global. Durham School Dubai is conveniently located in Dubai Investments Park (DIP), a 32 million square meters development with commercial, residential and educational zones!



Unleash the leader in you!

Conducted by Harvard Mentors trained by the Leadership Institute at Harvard College, Harvard Youth Lead the Change transforms high school students like you into the confident problem-solvers, collaborators and communicators, who will solve global issues and lead the change of tomorrow.

Over the 5 day course, students work in a mentor-led group to understand a global issue – whether it is climate change, mental health, or poverty – and develop a social change project to address it. On finishing the program, there is an opportunity to receive mentorship for an entire year, to implement their project.

What makes the workshop unique is that our mentors are not lecturers, but current students of Harvard University who have garnered invaluable experience and training at a young age, and know what it takes to implement social change. But perhaps more importantly, they understand the nuances and challenges of growing up in the 21st century. Hence, they break down intimidating age-based authority structures and become relatable advisors and friends to you, through a plethora of hands-on activities!

The workshop is in extremely high demand and has traveled across the world to places like Japan, Myanmar, Colorado, Dubai, and Puerto Rico.

Gain LeadershipSkills that Lead Change

Innovative handson

A Certificate
of Accomplishment

1 Year Free Mentorship
from Harvard College

Develop a Social
Change Project



Focus on what constitutes leadership, Introduction to social change projects and change based reflections.
Empathy, Self-Awareness, Trust, Discernment and Positive Attitude


The Leader in
Each of Us

Look into what kind of a leader you are, map out your personality and understand smart goals.
Creativity, Innovation, Design Thinking, Organisation, Conflict Resolution and Planning


Leading Alongside

Learn about different situational leadership styles, negotiation and problem mapping.
Negotiation, Communication, Cohesion, Clarity, Adapting and Courage
learn to


Leading by

Analyse various leadership videos and TED talks to understand the nuances of leadership.
Community Building, Project Planning, Task Management, Team Dynamic Analysis


Leading with Your Voice

Develop your public speaking skills by deep diving into elevator pitches, debating and defending your opinions.
Confidence, Presentation Skills, Task Management and Teamwork


Preparation and Introspection

Reflect with a special focus on letter writing to self, understanding narratives and working on your final social change projects.
Self-Reflection, Confidence and Encouragement

Who Should Participate?

  • You are a student who wants to inculcate leadership qualities
  • You are not confident in sharing your thoughts and speaking in public
  • You want to solve a social problem but don’t have problem solving skills
  • You want to learn how to build your network and thus sharpening your networking skills
  • You want to become a leader but do not know where and how to start
  • You are fearful and have mental blocks and are lacking the initiative to lead
  • You do not have a community of like-minded people who are going through the same issues or share the same passion

Meet your Harvard Mentors

YLC is led by Harvard undergraduate students who are leaders in their own communities. Differentiating this program are the student teachers and their youthful perspective on leadership development. Reliable and relatable, the teachers serve as advisors and friends to the students, breaking down intimidating age-based authority structures. With tremendous enthusiasm for both teaching and learning, the teaching team constantly learns from the students, adapts to their interests and needs, and builds lasting relationships that continue after the program through formal and informal mentorship opportunities.

Mentor’s Bio

Words from those Who Took the Course (And Loved it)

Real-life Social Impact made by our Change makers!

Our students get the unique opportunity to implement actual change in their communities during and beyond the duration of our program. From crowdfunding for underprivileged school children to launching campaigns against sexual violence, check out a few of our change makers’ projects here!https://www.thebigredgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Project-Veerangana-pitch.mp4

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Social Change Projects

YLC in the News!

You have Questions? We have Answers!

Can’t find an answer? Email us at info@thebigredgroup.com

Application & Selection

What is the Harvard YLC program about?

The program follows a curriculum that was curated by Harvard Business School and Harvard Education School professors, and is taught by Harvard students.The program aims at empowering students and unlocking their leadership capabilities as they develop tangible solutions to global problems. Over the 7 day course, the students work in a group to understand a global issue and develop a social change project to address it.

This is for students who want to learn about core leadership skills such as collaboration, public speaking, negotiation, time management, and self-knowledge.

No, this workshop will not guarantee a seat at Harvard University. It will surely help build your profile for the application process.

The instructors/mentors are current undergraduate students from Harvard University. They undergo rigorous training before coming on board as instructors/mentors.

All students who attend the workshop and present their social change project will receive the following:

  1. Certificate from The Leadership Institute of Harvard College
  2. 1 year mentorship from Harvard mentors

Yes. You will be provided with a certificate of participation by the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. This certificate can be used for your portfolio.

Students who successfully complete the program will get a one year mentorship opportunity from the Harvard mentors. Students can ask questions about their projects or future activities in addition to applying to schools in the United States. All mentors are willing to help out as much as they are asked to.

On the last day of the program, students present their social change project in teams to an audience of 200 people. We invite students’ parents, school principals, counselors, the press, and a chief guest to be a part of this day. In an online setting, we live stream the same on Facebook and Youtube.

Students in groups will work on a social change project that will provide real tangible solutions to global problems. The project could be in any area of interest from mental health to animal welfare.

After Making The Payment, When Will I Get Access To Course Material & Zoom Link?

Course material will be shared within 7 days of the workshop date and Zoom link will be shared 24 hours prior to the workshop via email.

The program is conducted either offline in a school or online through Zoom. The mode for every conference is mentioned in the program detail.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to share the recordings of the lectures, therefore we request all participants to attend all sessions.

Yes, this is a legitimate program by The Leadership Institute at Harvard College. To know more, please visit the Harvard YLC website.

You can have one-on-one discussions with the instructor/mentor about your project or concerns while attending the program. In addition to being available during breaks, our instructor/mentors will also be available before and after the program starts and ends.

Expect the program to be highly interactive and engaging. There are many group discussions, case studies, and samples to critique. Module based activities will keep the pace going and so boredom won’t set in. We ensure a two way interaction by providing enough time for questions, comments, and discussion. Breaks will be scheduled frequently so you can stretch, walk, talk, and grab a bite.

You will get multiple networking opportunities with your fellow participants and the instructor/mentor. We put participants in smaller randomised groups, so that you can break the ice and share your passion with like minded peers. Additionally, students will be broken into teams and will work closely on a social change project. They will have to set up meetings with each other outside of the program.
And finally, at the beginning and end of each day our instructor/mentor will hold an Q&A session where you can discuss and problem-solve any program or non-program related queries. This session provides an informal networking opportunity for you.

SThe class itself is 3 hours with a 15 minute break. Apart from these 3 hours, you will be required to spend time on your social change project with team members.

With the help of the Harvard mentors and professors, the online program has been structured and designed in a way that gives the participants an experience similar to that of the offline setting. We ensure a two way interaction through various engaging and fun activities. In this setting, students get an advantage of interacting with peers from all over the world and also get more mentors. YLC alumni from the online setting have had very positive experiences and some have mentioned that this has been by far the best conference. Please check out our testimonials from the online program.

Please call us at 931-045-0013 or email us at info@thebigredgroup.com for further information.

What is your workshop cancellation or refund policy?

Workshop fees need to be paid in full upon receipt of acceptance email.
Due to limited seating, you may request to cancel your seat for a full refund, upto 2 weeks before the start date of the workshop. This gives us the opportunity to fill the seat. You may cancel by phone or email us at info@thebigredgroup.com. You can choose to reschedule to a new date, hold the paid credit for a future workshop or get a full refund.
Any cancellation post the above time frame will not be accepted.

Workshop fees are to be paid in full upon receipt of the acceptance email.
We accept various forms of payment including: Check, Money Order, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Direct Deposit, and Wire Transfer.

If you fail to inform us that you cannot attend the program, you will be charged the entire course fee. No certification will be provided.

Yes, we do offer need or merit based scholarships to applicants. To apply for a scholarship, you need to email us at info@thebigredgroup.com along with your resume and mention the same in the comments section of the application form.
Application & Selection

What is the selection criteria?

In order to have a consortium of like minded people, this program is selection based,and the selection rate is 10%. We are looking for students from all backgrounds and experiences. Whether you’re an active leader in your school already or are looking to become a more confident student, you’re a great candidate to apply. Students are selected based on the quality of answers on the application form. We encourage you to share personal experiences and stories.

You need to fill the application form on the program page and fill the three questions. Upon submission of the form, you will receive an acceptance email in 5-7 business days.
This is a high in demand program, and we usually receive 2000 applications for 150 seats from around the world. For this reason, we are unable to send out rejection emails to applicants.

If you have missed the payment deadline, you can request an extension by calling us or emailing us at info@thebigredgroup.com. Depending on the availability of seats, we will offer an extension.

There are 100 to 150 participants in a program from around the world.

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