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 for young leaders 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 across the program themes of Civic Engagement, Education, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development.

Projects of the Month

Students in Cambodia Trying Out Tesdopi App


Assisting students across Cambodia in integrating an ICT tool called Tesdopi into their daily STEM learning routine through a series of on-campus workshops, effective learning video tutorials, and behavior-change campaign on social media.

The Team Inspired Over 40 Young Community Members in Kupang, Indonesia to Participate in a Massive Beach Cleanup.

I Love My Body, I Love My Environment

Promoting behavioral change in caring for the coastal communities of Kupang, Indonesia and Dili, Timor Letse through sets of activities on improving personal hygiene as a set stone for improving the environment.

ChildFund Pass It Back Coach Gets Her Shirt Signed by a National Rugby Team Player from Mexico

Sports for Development Rugby and Life Skills

Bringing cultural exchange and life skills education through rugby competitions between young leaders in Laos and Vietnam.

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Support in STEM education for more than 100 public and private secondary schools, and teaching uniquely designed STEM education game to over 10,000 students across Myanmar.


A social enterprise aiming to give youth from the Thai juvenile detention centers a second chance.

Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia

International hackathon to bring awareness about fake news and disinformation.


An impact accelerator and technology laboratory aiming to co-create prototype and experiment innovative technology that is scalable and replicable.

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Philippines, Cambodia

Train youth and young professional to map the trails of ASEAN Heritage parks in the Philippines and Cambodia for posterity.


An entrepreneurial Bootcamp for sustainability.

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An initiative aiming to equip local students from primary to high schools with English language skills, while empowering them to recognize their potential, challenge themselves to break the poverty cycle, and build a prosperous community.

Timor Leste, Indonesia

Promote behavioral change in caring for the coastal community of Kupang and Dili through sets of activities on improving personal hygiene as a set stone for improving the environment.


Building a sustainable economic development through the assimilation of local communities with mangrove ecosystem resources.


Empower the 250,000 registered migrant domestic workers in Malaysia with two-fold Upskilling & Community Development Program.

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An initiative to encourage and engage a wide audience to be acquainted with social innovation development process and find opportunities using business model as a tool for solving social problems.

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Advancing the local youth to maturity in caring for the sea in East Java, Indonesia.


A good governance development program to encourage and support youth participation in the local communities.


Educate children in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, about dental and oral health through a mobile game called Si Manggis Celebes.


A life skills workshop and rugby competition for young leaders from Laos and Vietnam.

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Spread awareness on waste management to teachers and students (aged 9-12) from public schools in Myanmar.


A series of workshop and social media campaign aiming to equip high school students with effective learning strategies for STEM using an ICT tool called Tesdopi.

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Singapore, Indonesia

An initiative aiming to bring together diverse creative talents and create a platform for the disability in art in Southeast Asia.

Ketemu Project:

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Co:Creation Workshop:

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Brunei, Thailand

Academic Fellowship on marine conservation and scuba diving training in Khao Lak, Thailand.

Vietnam, Cambodia

Brings environmental and social issues of Vietnam and Cambodia on stage in the form of recycling art performances and videos.


Navigation app and participatory mapping to empower people with visual impairment.

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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, Timor-Leste, 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 2020.

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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.