The third anniversary of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (Yseali) saw the largest day of youth-led community projects in the region since the program's launch in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Yseali)

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Tackle Community Projects Across Asean

DECEMBER 06, 2016

Jakarta. The third anniversary of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, or Yseali, which took place in Jakarta on Saturday (03/12), saw the largest day of youth-led community projects across the region.

The day of community service, known as "Yseali YOUnified," had been organized by program members since its launch in 2013.

Yseali is the United States government's signature program aimed at strengthen partnerships with emerging leaders in Southeast Asia. The program includes all Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states and is open to people between the ages of 18 and 35 years.

To commemorate the event, the US Embassy in Jakarta held events across Indonesia to highlight Yseali's impact on local communities. Throughout the 10 Asean countries, members of the program have implemented community-oriented activities, encouraging young people to be civically engaged and demonstrate the power of youth to develop solutions at a local, national and regional level.

During his opening remarks at one of the events at the @america cultural center in Jakarta, incoming US Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan noted the broad participation in the Yseali program, with nearly 18,000 members in Indonesia, 891 exchange alumni and 15,000 alumni from regional workshops.

Addressing Yseali members, Donovan praised their innovation and dedication.

"The commitments to your projects will truly make you the next leaders in Indonesia and Asean," he said.

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