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Guardians of Good Governance

Civic Education for Good Governance

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, will host the 2022 YSEALI Regional Workshop: Guardians of Good Governance. This fully-funded workshop will include young leaders working on civic education to promote civic participation, good governance, and transparency and accountability in government in ten ASEAN nations and Timor-Leste. The experience will consist of pre-workshop virtual activities offering background on civic education theory, lifelong learning, and best practices in digital engagement strategies; a four-day workshop in Manila, Philippines; and post-workshop virtual engagement to support implementation of post-workshop activities. The goal is for participants to develop a deep understanding of how their efforts can promote citizen engagement in their home communities, nations, and across the region.

Call for Applications Update

The application deadline has passed, applications are now closed and under review. All applicants and the winners will be notified via email in March 2022.

All applicants must be 18-35 years old, be fluent in written and spoken English, be registered members of YSEALI, and be citizens of one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam. If you are a citizen of one of the listed countries but living outside of Southeast Asia, you may apply for the workshop and join the virtual program. However, flights for the in-person workshop will only be covered for participants currently residing in Southeast Asia. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, civic education in their local community or nation.

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January 24, 2022: Application deadline
March 2022: Application selection announced
April-June 2022: Pre-workshop virtual programming
July 6-10, 2022: Guardians of Good Governance is tentatively set to be held in Manila, Philippines
July-November 2022: Post-workshop activities

Topics and Themes

    • Introduction
      Introduction to practices and resources to support lifelong learning.
    • Equitable Community Engagement Toolkit
      An overview of the elements found in an Equitable Community Engagement Toolkit, an introduction to case studies of civic education projects/campaigns resulted in good governance practices, and introduction to important elements and best practices which lead to a successful outcome.
    • Project-based Learning
      Understanding of project-based learning to envision ways to reach deep into the communities to engage a diverse set of stakeholders.
    • Development for Campaigns
      Guidance in development of digital education and engagement campaigns for civic education projects and campaigns.


Who can I apply for the Workshop?

  • All applicants must be 18-35 years old, be registered members of YSEALI, and be from one of the 11 YSEALI nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam. To register your YSEALI membership, visit the YSEALI website and complete “join YSEALI” section.

What makes a successful candidate for the Workshop?

  • Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, civic education and good governance in their local community or nation.

How do you evaluate applications?

  • Projects will be evaluated by Cultural Vistas staff in conjunction with U.S. Embassy Manila staff and sent to other U.S. Embassies in the YSEALI region for final review and selection.

When will I know if I was selected?

  • We will make selection announcement in March 2022. You will be informed via email if you were selected or not.


For questions regarding eligibility and the application process, please email YSEALI@culturalvistas.org

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