U.S. Embassy in the Philippines: Apply for YSEALI Summit 2017

Deadline: 16 April 2017

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a five-day advanced leadership workshop (inclusive of arrival and departure days) in the Philippines for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), pending the availability of funds.

The workshop will include a mix of informational sessions and skills training to be led by experts from Philippines, other ASEAN nations, and the United States. Workshop content will be contextualized to be directly relevant to ASEAN youth leaders. The workshop will begin with pre-workshop online introductory activities and be reinforced through post-workshop follow-on activities such as additional online training or collaborations and a small grants competition that will fund participant-led projects to engage the YSEALI demographic in addressing challenges in their own communities.

Additionally, the program will offer opportunities to strengthen camaraderie between participants through cultural activities, networking events, and a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of U.S. – ASEAN relations.

The 2017 YSEALI Summit will equip participants with the knowledge, attitude, and skills to address the complex and dynamic political, social, economic, and environmental issues that ASEAN confronts.

Program Focus

The 2017 YSEALI Summit will focus on:


  • Intermediate leadership training, including such topics as:
  • Utilizing systems and design thinking
  • Engaging in dialogue and negotiations
  • Initiating and sustaining collaborative action
  • Developing innovative, collaborative, and sustainable solutions to complex and dynamic problems
  • Envisioning the role of youth and YSEALI in addressing ASEAN’s challenges and goals and in strengthening U.S. – ASEAN relations
  • Celebrating the 40th anniversary of U.S. – ASEAN relations


  • Pre-workshop online introductory activities
  • Informational sessions
  • Panel discussions
  • Small group discussions and debriefings
  • Participant presentations
  • Individual and small group activities, immersions, case studies, and simulations
  • Inspirational leadership speaker(s)
  • Cultural bonding/networking activities
  • Follow-on programming

Award Information

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines anticipates having approximately $700,000 in Fiscal Year 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines welcomes applications from U.S.-based, Philippine-based and foreign non-profit organizations /non-government organizations (NGOs); and U.S., Philippine, and foreign private, public, or state institutions of higher education. For-profit entities are not eligible to apply. Successful U.S.-based applicants will demonstrate strong linkages with a Philippine-based partner organization.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries: U.S. and Philippines

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