The Young Leaders Program has been running at Trinity since 2001. Students who participate in these programs not only experience a taste of university life and the pathway to tertiary education, but also what it means to be a global citizen.
The learning that takes place outside of the classroom is just as important as the learning that takes place during classes. Students learn from each other about different cultures, values and languages. Our experience in running these programs is supported by our genuine belief that the opportunities offered to students will not only benefit them individually, but also the wider community.
The Young Leaders Program was an extraordinary experience where I got to meet people from all over the globe, the kindest of mentors and awe-inspiring professors. The Social Justice and Personal Development streams taught me to look at life with a different perspective and to never be afraid to take the first step towards making this world a better place. It was simply fantastic to spend two weeks at Trinity College and I believe they were the best days of my life.
Lala Rukh Junejo
Social Justice, Personal Development
I spent three weeks at YLP and it was the greatest time in my life. I met great friends and mentors who were so kind and helpful. Regardless of our race, religion, sexuality and countries, we were respected and loved each other. Before participating in this program, I always cared about what other people thought of me. Now, I have become proud of just being myself and want a challenge to expand my future.
Biomedicine, Arts, Performing and Creative Arts
It was a time of unexpected and insightful experiences that gave many unique opportunities to learn new things, embrace diverse cultures and build self-confidence. Mentors and coordinators of the program did an incredible job and created a warm and long-lasting community where every individual felt a part of a great whole.
Biomedicine, Science and Engineering, Commerce
It was my first time to be that far away from home, but I felt right at home attending YLP. Peers and mentors were so kind. I also experienced what commerce may look like at university, I was energised and inspired more about how, despite where we come from, we can all come together and form a strong bond to last a lifetime! The experience made me even more confident that attending university overseas is for me and I cannot thank YLP enough for that!
YLP was fun and inspiring. It was a wonderful experience meeting new people from different nationalities. Also, it was a great chance to get an insight on my career pathway, as I am interested in biomedicine and the program gave me strategies, skills and perspectives to strengthen my career pathway. Becoming a valedictorian was a great achievement for me. The new ideas that I learned will change my life. Thank you YLP.
YLP was an amazing experience and at the end of the week, I didn't want to leave the people I had bonded with. It was one of the best, if not THE BEST week of my life.
Science and Engineering
Coming as a student to YLP was one of the seminal points of my life. As a student on the social justice stream in 2014, I learned about the responsibility we each hold to take care of each other and the world around us, and was empowered to go out into the world with a sense of determination and self-confidence. Through the profound connections I made with friends from diverse backgrounds, I broadened my cultural horizons and came to better understand my place in the world. Returning to the program as a mentor has been one of the most rewarding challenges I have undertaken so far. I encourage everyone considering to apply to sign up for what will be one of the greatest experiences of your life!
Student July 2014
Mentor 2016–2019 Social Justice
Being a part of the YLP community is something I will always cherish and I am extremely grateful to have received the opportunity to take part in the program two years in a row. The course has helped me to expand my knowledge, awareness of the world, outlook on life and what my future has to offer. I know the friends I made will be friends for life and I can honestly say that spending another week at Trinity College was an experience of a lifetime, one that was completely different from my first YLP experience. Keeping in contact with the friends I made helped me realise how much I miss the program and how much I received from it – not only lessons and knowledge, but whom I want to surround myself with, what I know I can reach in the near future and how excited I am to see that come to life.
Although I was in a city I had never been to and in a country I had never stepped foot in, the welcoming people of Trinity College helped me feel right at home. Quickly, I made friends with participants and mentors who were from all over the world, that I otherwise would have never had the opportunity to meet, let alone learn about their culture and who they are. In addition to meeting new brilliant people, I was able to experience and utilize the city of Melbourne in a way that a tourist never could. I am also grateful for the knowledge of experience that the mentors were able to give us on our tours of the campus and the city. Overall, the Young Leaders Program has made a huge impact on my life, from giving me a vast network of friends all across the globe to deepening my love of trying and learning new things, and for that I can't thank YLP enough.
Science and Engineering, Personal Development for Future Leaders