Youth Leadership

SAALT: Young Leaders Institute

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Apply Now to the 2016 – 2017 Young Leaders Institute!
The 2016 YLI Cohort will focus on “Building Immigrant Justice” in our communities.

Application deadline is May 31, 2016.

SAALT is seeking 15–20 outstanding, diverse young leaders to join the 2016–2017 Young Leaders Institute. Selected candidates will join other young people from across the U.S. at the July 15–17, 2016 training in the Washington, DC metro area.
2016–2017 Institute participants will:

  • Explore key issues affecting South Asians in the U.S. This year’s Institute will focus on building immigrant justice;
  • Develop leadership skills and resources to become agents of change;
  • Design and implement a civic engagement project in collaboration with community partners. Download the 2016 Young Leaders Institute application (Word Document)
    All responses should be typed directly into this document.

The REACH Survey


Based on Search Institute research and reviews of research conducted by others, the REACH Survey is designed to gain insight into middle and high school students’ character strengths that are essential for motivating them to become self-propelled young adults. The survey examines the Relationship supports young people have in school as well as four additional components: Effort, Aspiration, Cognition, and Heart--their sparks and values. It also examines external factors experienced by youth, such as school climate, obstacles to perseverance, and perceived discrimination.

Trans Youth Leadership Summit (TYLS)

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Trans Youth Leadership Summit (TYLS) is a collaborative fellowship-style program providing young transgender people the opportunity to work toward liberation through collective organizing for solidarity, advocacy, and empowerment. TYLS fosters the skills of dozens of emerging trans leaders and puts them at the forefront of critical issues transgender people face. We are bringing together revolutionary young trans leaders to heal from transphobic violence, build communities, learn how to enact restorative justice, and create direct action. TYLS looks toward root causes rather than simply covering up the effects of anti-transgender violence.


Applications to attend the July 22-25 Summit in Los Angeles, CA are now open!


Eligibility requirements:
1. You are trans, two spirit, Hijra, genderqueer, intersex, or nonbinary (please contact us if you feel your identity should be included on this list)
2. You are located in the United States
3. You are available to go to our Summit on July 22nd-25th
4. You are a youth (under the age of 26)


TYLS hopes to be as transparent as possible in the signup process. TYLS is able to cover all expenses incurred during the summit for our participants (travel, food, etc), so please consider applying even if you are not able to pay for them yourself. You can learn more about selection and sign up using Google Forms here.
To make TYLS as accessible as possible, they also have an essay-optional video application. If you cannot apply but know someone who can, you can also nominate them!


STAR Center in Action - April, 2016

We are thrilled to offer the April issue of the STAR Center e-newsletter!

 This month, I would like to call attention to a fantastic person and organization I had the pleasure of meeting while presenting at the Youth Power/Families Together of NYS Conference earlier this month!
Chaku giving a speech behind a podium

Youth Power Youtube Channel

YOUTH POWER! is a New York State network run for and by youth and young adults. They work to ensure young people have meaningful involvement on all levels of the services they receive. We ensure the availability of Peer Support through persistent advocacy, technical assistance and by offering training and education opportunities.

Youth United 4 Change: #YU4Change

Youth United For Change is a short video developed by the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, in collaboration with the STAR Center, showcasing common challenges faced by culturally diverse youth in their journey towards wellness recovery. We have developed this companion toolkit to help you plan a video talk circle event.