YSEALI Seeds for the Future

21 Projects, 1 Goal: Shape the Future of Communities across ASEAN.

YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition 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. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.

Projects of the Month

Fine Arts Major Organization

Fine Arts Major Organization (FAMO)

FAMO's team is comprised of young artists from the Philippines who believe that art can be a tool for healing. So they are leading workshops for female inmates to explore their creative side and learn how to tell their stories in a visual form.

RUBIC Collaborative

RUBIC Collaborative

RUBIC Collaborative's playdays for children with autism in Vietnam create a safe space that accommodates their difficulties and embrace their uniqueness. They hope it will raise public awareness and pave the way towards a future where children with autism can enjoy their right to play and be a part of the society.

2018 Grant Recipients

Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand

A kid-friendly household disaster preparedness toolkit

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Workshop to create and implement solutions for special education in Brunei

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Developing internet skills and etiquette among youth in Myanmar

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Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia

Bootcamps designed to create a more sustainable, just fashion industry

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Training small businesses on best practices in financial management

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Creating a film industry in Laos by training local filmmakers

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Thailand, Laos, Myanmar

Teaching indigenous youth natural resource management and sustainable practices


Card game that teaches about the coral reef ecosystem


Outdoor activities for children with autism and their families

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Marine and fisheries educational program in Kupang, Indonesia

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Accelerator program for women-owned micro businesses

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Singapore, Myanmar

Educational program for underprivileged youth in Myanmar, led by Singapore

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Online educational platform for high school students in Laos

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2017 Projects

From classes delivered via sailboat to the first bike scheme in Myanmar, all twenty projects were selected for YSEALI Seeds funding in 2017 were a success. Read more about them here.



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 2018.

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.