Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

What is YSEALI?

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen partnerships with emerging leaders in Southeast Asia; to expand their skills as effective civic, economic and non-governmental leaders in the region; and to encourage them to work together across borders to solve regional challenges.

YSEALI includes all ASEAN member countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and is open to young people ages 18-35. Responding to priorities from youth in the ASEAN region, YSEALI programs focus on four themes:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Sustainable Development
  • Education
  • Economic Growth

YSEALI opportunities include professional and academic exchanges to the United States, regional workshops for networking and skills development, social media engagement, and a grant competition to support emerging leaders’ efforts to address regional issues.
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Approximately 65% of people in the ASEAN region are under the age of thirty-five. YSEALI is an effort to harness the extraordinary potential of youth in the region to address critical challenges and expand opportunities.


  • More than 120,824 young leaders are part of the YSEALI network, with more than 27,000 YSEALI members in Indonesia.
  • More than 500 young Indonesian leaders are alumni of YSEALI programs including YSEALI Academic and Professional Fellowships in the United States, regional workshops held throughout ASEAN, and the Seeds for the Future small grant competition.
  • Through Seeds for the Future, YSEALI has awarded over 80 grants to multi-national teams of young people whose projects make a direct, positive impact in their communities. Twenty of the projects are led by Indonesians.

Calling Youth with a Vision

Young people in Southeast Asia are working towards a better future and the United States is their partner. If you are a young person with dreams of saving the environment, educating your generation, increasing prosperity, and working for the good of your community, please join others just like you who are making a difference through YSEALI. Do you have a great idea to share? Do you want to lead your community? If yes, sign up today and learn more about YSEALI. We can’t wait to hear from you!