Officers from US Embassy Manila met with student leaders from Notre Dame College in Jolo to promote the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and discuss other youth programs offered by the embassy on February 24.
Launched in 2013, YSEALI is US President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Programs and engagements include U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, project-funding, competitions, networking, and international and regional activities that revolve around the themes on the environment, education, civic engagement, and economic development. More info and free registration can be found on the website youngsoutheastasianleaders.state.gov.
Following the event, the US Embassy, US International Exchange alumni, and YSEALI members donated books to students at the Riverside Elementary School in Jolo. The donated books included English dictionaries, short novels, and books on US culture. The US government alumni read stories to the students and encouraged them to stay in school.