Youth Leadership Program (YLP)

IAWW Youth Leadership Program (YLP)

“To inspire the youth to carve a path that awakens a sense of civic responsibility, empathy and hone leadership skills through training, workshops, mentoring, projects and programs that bridge the gap between mainstream and Indian community”- Annu Luthra, IAWW Youth Leadership Program Director


Since its inception, the IAWW Youth Leadership Program has evolved into a program that year-round provides various opportunities to its youth for leadership, mentoring, empowerment, social and emotional well being, and to engage in civic, environmental, and charitable services. The program creates a fun, trusted, and safe space for the youth to connect. Youth involved in the program receive community service credit for school and college applications. The

Youth Board (YB):  is a platform where thirty-two youth (9th-11th graders) collaborate to create a team of leaders who train over the year via various service projects (from planning to execution),  community cafes, training, and workshops to evolve into leaders who then plan a 5 day-4 night camp (Camp Bharat) for 220+ children in the Indian community of Greater Seattle.  The 2020 YB members also led the YLP Mental Health Summit with participation from YC and YO members. YB is selections based and requires a great amount of time commitment with a strict attendance policy. The program offers ongoing leadership opportunities to all its members. YB registration for 2020-21 program selections opened on August 23rd and closes on Sept 8th. The 4 essay question prompts along with the application is due no later than Sept 9th 11:30 pm. Interviews will take place on Oct 3rd and 4th. Registration Information: click here

Youth Advocacy (YA):  Youth-led Advocacy is our newest addition starting 2020-21. This program provides a platform for passionate youth interested in using their voices to tackle worldwide issues that are important and matter to them.  YA members have options to apply for a year-round program where they will receive mentoring and participate in leadership roles and opportunities through advocacy work, projects, workshops, presentations, and partake on panels to name a few.  The selections for the YA year-round program are limited to high schoolers and will begin on Oct 5th.

Youth Advocacy (YA) Project-based for Middle and High Schoolers: Members who are unable to commit to the year-round program may also participate through project-based activities that will be open to all middle and high-schoolers throughout the year starting Oct 11th. Youth who are interested in participating in the project-based portion of this program can register anytime starting Oct 11th. Registration information: click here

Youth Council (YC):  YC is where a group of thirteen to seventeen-year-old (8th- 11th graders) come together to explore leadership, mentoring, and service opportunities. The program offers leadership roles and YCs also have leadership responsibilities at Camp Bharat. This past year, many of the YC members participated in advocacy work on Racism, Mental Health and Wellness, Yoga through Connected Motion, and Small Business relief efforts. While members of the Youth Board are selected through a stringent selection process that begins late August, our Youth Council program registration will take place on October 17th and is first-come; first-serve. Registration Information: click here

Youth Outreach (YO):  YO was formed in the 2019/2020 program year to provide a safe and trusting space for 6th & 7th graders to navigate through the middle-school years.  YO members are provided year-round support by youth mentors with a focus on self-leadership, integrity, and civic responsibility; catered towards middle-school children. YO members also have the opportunity to gain volunteer hours through community service projects and will be given overall leadership skills to carry forward as positive influences within their communities. Registration is first-come; first-serve due to limited spots and will take place on Oct 10th. Registration Information: click here

Mental Health Advocacy: – In 2020 Youth Leadership Program members organized and implemented a Mental Health Summit in efforts to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental disorders.  The June summit was attended by over 200 people, with continued efforts to normalize Mental Wellness within the Indian community. 2020/2021 YLP members will continue year-round advocacy work. 2020 YLP Mental Health Summit: click here

Camp Bharat: A 5-day, 4-night unique summer camp for children of Indian heritage or those interested in the culture; planned and executed by the Youth Board with support from the YB Advisors and YLP Director. Camp Bharat is offered annually in the month of August and provides the space for youth to unite with one other through cultural connection, shared experiences, and develop lasting friendships. A day in the life of a camper is filled with activities from basic yoga to outdoor games such as kabaddi, Kho, or Handball, to walks on the beach, workshops such as arts and crafts, engineering, dance, RUBE;  followed by a colorful evening filled with fellowship through stories, campfires, dance, and the Indian culture.   The festival of colors ‘Holi’ is celebrated in the open space and is always a popular event. As the children leave camp on the fifth day, they discover the depth of their connection and bonds with each other having created the ‘Family Camp Bharat’.  Camp Bharat 2021 is scheduled for August 10-14. Registration for CB will open at the end of May 2021. The camp is for 9-17 year old.  Camp Videos