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For smart, curious, and ambitiously altruistic year 12s of any and all subjects

How to save 10 lives by age 20

5-week online programme exploring how you could actually save 10 lives or more.

You’ll consider whether to aim for this goal or something even more ambitious, then make an action plan to achieve that.

Programme overview

Week 1: An evidence-based roadmap to saving 10 lives

  • Discovering your potential: why we think you could save 10 lives
  • Saving 10x more lives by choosing careers & charities carefully

Week 2: Shifting focus to save even more lives

  • Helping humanity escape extinction
  • Forgotten futures and neglected nonhumans

Week 3: Deep dive into specific saving strategies

  • A framework for prioritising pressing problems
  • Exploring opportunities to help others or change the course of history

Week 4: Slow and steady wins the race — 100 lives by age 40?

  • Optimising for lifetime impact, not immediate impact
  • Choosing a degree that helps you save lives

Week 5: From theory to action — your game plan

  • Clarifying what you want, so you can actually get it
  • Planning concrete next steps


Weekly structure

1-2 hours: Self-paced exploration

Interactive videos, engaging quizzes, practical checklists, and other activities to help you explore your options

1 hour: Discussion group call

Weekly check-in and discussion with an advisor and 3-5 peers

Optional: Subject-specific meetups

Optional chats and virtual hangouts with participants exploring similar subjects to you

Optional: Community conversations

Discord channel, paired 1:1s, and opportunities to get to know each other


The programme also offers:

  • A cohort of smart and curious like-minded people

  • £100’s worth of free books of your choice

  • Possibility of a paid position after the programme ends writing book summaries for Leaf’s website and blog (£100 per summary article)


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Dates: 27th February to 31st March, 2023 (finished by most schools’ Easter holidays)

Who: Smart, curious, and ambitiously altruistic year 12s currently living or studying in the UK, whatever subjects you are studying — STEM, humanities, social sciences.

Applications: Apply here by Sunday 12th February, 2023