Moving past yesterday's solutions to solve tomorrow's problems.

This is an opportunity for young NGO leaders to advance their professional skills and competencies with the aim to grow, scale, and take the organizations they work for, or those they founded, to new heights.

From developing baseline metrics to creatively pursuing financial and in-kind resources to assertively applying social media to advance mission, this workshop will bring together individuals from across ASEAN to learn and collaborate on ways to build capacity, message, and impact.

Combining training, lectures, simulations, and site visits to NGOs in Cebu, Philippines, this workshop will provide a comprehensive professional overview of what’s necessary to make a difference in ASEAN’s NGO sector in the 2020s. The experience will include pre-workshop virtual exercises, a four-day workshop in Cebu, Philippines, and post-workshop professional development activities that help to grow this rising corps of NGO leaders.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • age 18-35 years
  • current leaders in an NGO or social enterprise in the ASEAN region
  • a citizen of an ASEAN member state (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • a YSEALI member (for information on membership, please visit

You will be asked to complete the application form, upload a copy of the biographic page of your passport, and submit a statement of motivation, an ASEAN citizenship statement, an issue statement, and to identify a professional development opportunity you feel will help you advance the NGO in which you are employed (or which you founded). We recommend you prepare the statements before completing the application (and upload a separate document to the application). You will also need a letter of recommendation from your supervisor or head of the NGO (or, a representative in an NGO who can judge your character, performance, and potential as a leader in the NGO sector).

Preference will be given to applicants from NGOs which address civic engagement, environmental and natural resources management, economic development or education, and to applicants which have not previously participated in YSEALI programs.

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Workshop facilitators and participants will share a variety of resources to help participants advance the work of their NGOs before, during, and after the four-day workshop. Check back for more information in the coming weeks.



Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. Department of State’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. The YSEALI Generation: Go NGO! Workshop will be one of several workshops that have taken place in the region centered on one of the four YSEALI themes – environment and natural resources management, economic development, civic engagement, and education.


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, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, 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 and join the official YSEALI social media communities on Facebook and Twitter.


The YSEALI Generation: Go NGO! Workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is funded through a cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines. Cultural Vistas will administer the workshop and follow-on activities which are set to continue through fall 2017.

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Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Our programs empower people to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.