YSEALI Seeds for the Future

YSEALI Seeds for the Future

20 projects. 1 goal. To positively impact communities across Southeast Asia.

YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. It provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region across the program themes of civic engagement, economic development, education, and environmental protection.

The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Mission to ASEAN. Additionally, one project that supports entrepreneurship across multiple nations is being supported by the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

Grant Recipients

ARUS Academy (Malaysia)

Afterschool STEM programming and maker space for underprivileged children

Borneo Eco-Warriors (Brunei/Malaysia)

Youth education program on Borneo Island focusing on the marine ecosystem

Dress the Dream (Thailand)

Raising awareness and money to end poverty for women working in the garment industry

EcoFunGo! ASEAN (Indonesia/Myanmar/Philippines)

Environmental-advocacy programming for kids aged 7-12 in three cities

Eco-Life Cambodia (Cambodia)

Training young entrepreneurs to tackle environmental challenges

EcoLead (Laos)

Environmental advocacy training program for secondary school students

Ecomentary (Philippines/Thailand/Vietnam)

Environmental filmmaking workshop that will award one group funds to produce a documentary

EduPlant 3 (Vietnam)

Public events and workshops to educate children about environmental issues

The Floating School (Indonesia)

Boat bringing educational programming and materials to disadvantaged youth

Food SECURE (Philippines)

Gardening and agri-preneurship training to help alleviate hunger in rural Philippines

Future Green Thumb Leader (Indonesia)

Extracurricular urban farming program in 3 Indonesian schools

Green Lady Cloth Pads (Cambodia/Vietnam)

Producing reusable pads and educating women on green feminine hygiene

Let’s Include All (Laos)

Training teachers on how to teach children with disabilities or language challenges

MYReaders (Malaysia)

Comprehensive literacy program designed for native Malaysian speakers

#startathon ASEAN+ (Brunei/Indonesia/Singapore/Malaysia/Myanmar/Thailand/Vietnam)

Events in nine cities to rapidly prototype ideas on “Technopreneurship for Gender Equality”

Teaching Farm and Youth Engagement (Cambodia/Laos/Myanmar/Thailand/Vietnam)

Training the next generation of organic farmers in the Mekong Region

Viet Youth Pro Bono (Vietnam)

Equipping future lawyers with the tools to carry out pro bono work

Yangon University Bike Scheme (Myanmar)

University bike share and cycling advocacy program

Young Peacebuilders for Climate Action (Indonesia/Philippines/Thailand)

Program/event bringing 25 fellows together to learn about environmental peace-building

XX+XY (Philippines/Thailand)

Six-day camp for young adults to address the issue of gender inequality

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Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community of leaders who work across borders to solve common issues.


Approximately 65% of people in the ASEAN region are under the age of 35. YSEALI is an effort to harness the extraordinary potential of youth in the region to address critical challenges and expand opportunities.


The YSEALI community consists of bright young leaders, 18–35 years old, from Brunei,Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam who are making a difference in their communities, countries, and the region. Learn more about the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative at yseali.state.gov and join the official YSEALI social media communities on Facebook and Twitter.

The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program is sponsored by U.S. Department of State and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Mission to ASEAN. Cultural Vistas will administer the program through 2017.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at yseali@culturalvistas.org.

About Cultural Vistas

Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. It develops international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Every year, Cultural Vistas’ 30-plus unique exchange programs empower thousands of individuals and organizations in the United States and more than 135 countries to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.