Youth Leadership Academy


The APAICS Youth Leadership Academy program, in partnership with the Close Up Foundation is a week-long leadership development and enrichment program geared towards high school students. The purpose of the program is to provide students of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage the unique opportunity to learn more about government and public policy issues impacting the AAPI community and how they can be more involved in the political process. The program will include interactive leadership development sessions, guest speakers, and networking opportunities to meet with other successful Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders and a visit to Capitol Hill. 


The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. To learn more about APAICS, please visit:

About the Close Up Foundation

The mission of the non-profit, non-partisan Close Up Foundation is to inform, inspire and empower young people to understand and embrace the rights and responsibilities of active citizenship. Since 1971, Close Up has served more than 900,000 students and teachers from across the country.  Close Up serves middle and high school students and teachers through civic education programs, professional development for educators, and classroom resources. To learn more about the Close Up Foundation, please visit:    

Academy Specifics

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school during the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Preference will be given to junior (11th grade) and senior (12th grade) students who are of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage. 

Program Details and Structure

The cost to participate in the program is $1,650 per student. The cost does not include airfare to Washington, D.C. but will cover tuition, lodging, meals, local transportation including airport transfers, supplemental insurance, entrance fees, and chaperones. Students will be housed four to a room. Students accepted into the program will also be required to complete an Enrollment Form with Close Up Foundation. Paying participants will be required to pay a $600 non-refundable deposit to confirm participation.

Close Up Program Instructors will facilitate the program and help moderate seminars with speakers and other partners. A detailed schedule will be shared with accepted students in advance. 

Financial Aid

There are a limited number of scholarships available to students who come from low-income households. Please have a parent or guardian complete the scholarship portion of the application to be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship application must be completed at the same time as the program application. 

Program Dates

June 14 – 19, 2020


Washington, D.C. 

Deadline to Apply

April 2, 2020 

Notification of Acceptance

April 30, 2020


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