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. 

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. 

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be currently enrolled high school students for the current academic year. 

Fees and Financial Aid

The cost to participate in the program is $175 per student. 

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. 


2020 Virtual Youth Leadership Academy

July 21-24, 2020

Deadline to Apply: April 2, 2020


2021 Virtual Youth Leadership Academy

June 21-25, 2021

Deadline to Apply: April 30, 2021