Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) members in Cotabato City will lead a YSEALI University Caravan at Notre Dame University beginning today until Thursday. The caravan will raise awareness among Filipino youth on the importance of community service and civic engagement.The caravan will also introduce YSEALI to youth from the region and explainthe benefits of becoming a member.
In 2013, President Obama launched YSEALI to enhance the United States’ relations with future leaders of Southeast Asia and foster an ASEAN community. YSEALI offers education on regional issues, professional skills-building, and opportunities to put those skills into action through educational exchanges to the United States, professional development workshops in the region, online networking, and project seed money. YSEALI activities focus on four themes: economic development, environmental protection, education, and civic engagement.
The YSEALI Caravan will convene youth leaders from several universities in Cotabato City and Maguindanao today for activities that encourage students to develop creative solutions to challenges in their own communities. Participants will also join a poster-making competition on the theme of “Importance of Education for the New Generation in Reaching Sustainable Goals”and U.S. international exchange alumni will also lead fora on each of the four YSEALI themes. In observance of Ramadan, the Caravan will end with an iftar reception.
On Thursday, high school students from Parang National High School will tour the ShariffKabunsuan Cultural Complex and receive leadership and empowerment training from YSEALI members. The students from Parang National High School are participants in the English Access Microscholarship Program, a two-year English language training program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.