The Indo-American Center (IAC) in collaboration with the North India Office, U.S. Embassy in New Delhi invite youth leaders from North India, in the age group of 20-35 years, who have proven their exemplary leadership skills, to participate in the program, Rendezvous with Indian Youth Leaders. There is a 2-day session on January 31 - February 1, 2019 followed by many subsequent sessions throughout the year. All sessions are to be conducted in New Delhi. Twenty of the most promising youth leaders will be selected for the first 2-day workshop. The nominees accepted for this program will be from the following North Indian states and territories only: Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh and National Capital Region (NCR). The leaders could be from youth-wings of political parties, civil society organizations, Government of India officials, members of think tanks, media, trade, academia, business and similar such backgrounds.

Through innovative sessions based on a fresh approach to further develop the Indo-U.S. strategic partnership and provide effective world leadership, the program aims to strengthen and secure increased engagement with the future leaders of India, bolster their capacity, and create networks for future guidance and collaboration. The goal of this program is to enable a pathway for sustained engagement with India’s future leaders and to cement a perpetual partnership with the U.S. For this program, IAC is partnering with individuals who are authorities on Indo-U.S. and global affairs as the expert. The 2-day workshop is covering topics on security and counterterrorism, trade and investment, education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology.

Following the 2-day workshop, the participants (youth leaders) are invited to spread the acquired knowledge through upcoming mentoring sessions at the American Center in New Delhi. IAC is hosting follow-on mentoring sessions, wherein the youth leaders will have the option to join in person or remotely. New batches of enthusiastic youth will be mentees. With access to a highly functional interactive online forum, all program stakeholders can effectively communicate and be in touch. Such enhanced dialogue will be key for policy discussions and decision-making in the future. Creation of such active relationships between the right role models and youth leaders will deliver an excellent outcome for India, the U.S., and the rest of the world.