Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

To nurture a regional network and strengthen leadership skills among Southeast Asian youth, the United States Government is pleased to invite Filipino youth who are between the ages of 18-35 to register as members and be part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). As a YSEALI member, you will be eligible to apply grants and programs under YSEALI. To register, please go to the YSEALI website

What is YSEALI?

Launched in 2013 by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) consists of bright young leaders aged 18-35 years from the Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. These young leaders have innovative ideas for tackling what they have identified as their generation’s greatest challenges in the ASEAN region: economic development, environmental protection, education, and civic engagement. Every day, they are coming up with creative solutions — like using beneficial microbes to clean rivers or creatingjob opportunities by selling products made from water lilies. The United States is partnering with these extraordinary young men and women by providing training and funding to up-and-coming social entrepreneurs.


The United States is proud to support the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, because we believe that young people are instrumental in plotting the course of Southeast Asia’s future. Approximately 65% of people in the ASEAN region are under the age of 35. Youth are innovative, creative, and eager to contribute their ideas and energy to improve not only their own lives, but the lives of others in their communities. Together, we can make a difference.