Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Start Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 9:00am
End Date: 
Friday, March 25, 2016

A collaborative team of professionals from Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, have been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State to host two institutes belonging to President Barack Obama’s signature program — the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).

Launched in 2013, YSEALI was designed to not only strengthen ties between the U.S. and Southeast Asia, but also to catalyze innovation and initiatives to foster social change among various groups in the region. ASU is honored to host up to 44 high-achieving undergraduates from the ten Southeast Asian countries. The fellows will be at ASU February 22–March 25, 2016.

The fellows will be placed in one of two institutes: Civic Engagement (CE), housed under the School of Public Service and Community Solutions, or Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED), housed under the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. In these two institutes they will explore topics such as social innovation, effective networking, leadership and communication strategies, and even develop their own entrepreneurial ideas and business models.

The ASU YSEALI Academic Fellows will complete in institute-specific coursework, attend ASU classes, visit sites across the Phoenix Metro area and volunteer in the community. The students will participate in a comprehensive study tour of the Southwest and other key destinations in the United States, ending at the birthplace of YSEALI: Washington, D.C., where they will demonstrate the skills and knowledge they gained by presenting their capstone proposals to the State Department.

To further explore ASU’s YSEALI Institutes, visit