Virtual Youth Leadership Academy


The APAICS Virtual 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.


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.


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:    

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Participants must be currently enrolled high school students for the 2020 Р2021 academic year. 

PROGRAM DETAILS AND STRUCTURE: The cost to participate in the program is $150 per student. Students will also be required to complete an Enrollment Form with Close Up Foundation to confirm participation and pay the program fee. 

The program will be offered online and each registered student will gain access to their own individual online learning portal. Daily programming will begin at 6:00pm Eastern and run no longer than 2 hours per day from August 3-7, 2020. 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.


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 (Section 4) to be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship application must be completed at the same time as the program application. 

PROGRAM DATES: August 3-7, 2020 

PROGRAM TIMES: Daily programming begins at 6:00pm Eastern Time and will run no longer than 2 hours per day.

LOCATION: Online – virtual format

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  July 20th, 2020


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