Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative


Department of StateLaunched in 2013, 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, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the U.S. and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community. For more information about the program, visit the YSEALI Homepage.

The YSEALI Academic Fellows Program brings undergraduates or recently graduated students between the ages of 18 and 25 to the U.S. for a five-week institute held on the campus of a U.S. college or university. Each five-week institute covers a YSEALI theme, which include civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, and entrepreneurship and economic development. Learn more about the YSEALI Academic Fellows Program.

  • Institute on Civil Engagement

    YSEALI logoKennesaw State University (KSU) is hosting a YSEALI Academic Fellows Institute on Civic Engagement titled Advancing International Civil and Human Rights Through Civic Engagement.

    This five-week, intensive program consists of a four-week academic residency on KSU’s campus examining civil and human rights through the lens of the U.S. civil rights movement, and a one-week educational study tour examining present-day international civil and human rights issues including immigration issues, diversity and inclusion, women’s rights, and LGBTIQ issues.

    The four-week academic residency will include:

    • 5 class modules on international civil and human rights, peace studies, social entrepreneurship, conflict management, and cultivating a global intellect, totaling 51 hours of instruction;
    • 16 hours of leadership and ethics training;
    • 16 hours of hands-on community service;
    • Biweekly guest speakers;
    • Visits to metro Atlanta cultural sites; and
    • A weekend visit to Selma and Birmingham, AL.

    Fellows will have the opportunity to meet and interact with KSU students through joint classes, as well as with the broader metro Atlanta community through dinners and other social events.

    The educational study tour will visit; Selma and Birmingham Al to learn about the American Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta Ga and its metro area, to grow their understanding about International Human Rights. Miami, FL to examine immigration and refugee issues; Washington D.C to experience the Smithsonian Museum and study conflict management.

    Fellows will also develop and implement service projects for their home communities with faculty mentorship through a service project development program spanning pre- and post-Institute activities. This service project development program will culminate in the submission of project proposals and the award of project mini-grants during the Institute’s follow-on activities period.

    Last, Fellows will have the opportunity to reunite at a Regional Symposium tentatively being planned in Singapore in May 2018. The Symposium, which will include KSU students and KSU’s Winter 2016 and 2017 Fellows, will focus on ASEAN challenges and opportunities, leadership and professional skills, and relationship-building and networking, in addition to featuring a keynote theme of environmental leadership in Southeast Asia. Fellows can anticipate the award of their project mini-grants at the Symposium.