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

Teach for ASEAN

Teach for ASEAN

In 2015, a group of young, passionate people in Singapore realized the cyclical nature of poverty and poor educational opportunities. Feeling the drive to connect with their ASEAN neighbors, Teach for ASEAN (T4A) launched its maiden program in Yangon, Myanmar to educate and empower local youth through community events, enrichment programs on “soft” and “hard” skills, and job-preparedness trainings.




Viet Children’s Picture

Viet Children’s Picture

Afterschool activities can be unaffordable for families who live in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City and only 45 minutes per week are dedicated to art in public schools. So Viet Children’s Picture created a free arts program for primary students in the area. Students are encouraged to pursue to their creative side through classes in crafting, drawing, dancing, and photography.




2018 Grant Recipients


Indonesia

Equipping youth with skills to compete in modern economy

Myanmar

Developing internet skills and etiquette among youth in Myanmar

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Indonesia, Vietnam

Exchange program among Vietnamese and Indonesian coffee farmers

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Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia

Bootcamps designed to create a more sustainable, just fashion industry

Cambodia

Training small businesses on best practices in financial management

Philippines

Arts and storytelling program for female inmates

Vietnam

Educational program for disabled children to learn about sexual abuse prevention

Laos

Creating a film industry in Laos by training local filmmakers

Thailand, Laos, Myanmar

Teaching indigenous youth natural resource management and sustainable practices

Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand

A kid-friendly household disaster preparedness toolkit

Malaysia

Card game that teaches about the coral reef ecosystem

Vietnam

Outdoor activities for children with autism and their families

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Indonesia

Marine and fisheries educational program in Kupang, Indonesia

Cambodia

Accelerator program for women-owned micro businesses

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Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines

Creating networks of female leaders to affect community changes

Singapore, Myanmar

Educational program for underprivileged youth in Myanmar, led by Singapore

Laos

Online educational platform for high school students in Laos

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Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines

Turning wasted coffee peels into alternative energy source

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Vietnam

Afterschool arts, music, and crafts program for suburban children

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Brunei

Workshop to create and implement solutions for special education in Brunei




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.






About YSEALI

What

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.


Why

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.


Who

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.