YSEALI participants share experiences, expertise in Brunei

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PARTICIPANTS of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) have been active in contributing to the community following the completion of their respective programmes.

“We had individuals who came back and held workshops here (in Brunei)... for example the Young Project Managers (workshop) which was all about relaying project management skills, “ said Edward Findlay, Public Affairs Officer from the US Embassy.

“It had a really good turnout and the real success was having the new minister of culture, youth and sports attend and close the event,” he said during yesterday’s debrief session with participants of the recent YSEALI programme.

He said that several entrepreneurship programmes were also held by participants to provide knowledge and advice to the public on topics such as how to fund and organise their businesses to help them succeed.

“So the idea is to offer opportunities to learn more about leadership, about skills on public speaking, working in groups and to actually do that by working with colleagues from all the other nine countries of ASEAN,” said the public affairs officer.

He added that participants are also coming up with more events such as a workshop for media advocacy that will cover topics on how to make use of social media to help spread messages to the public.

“The youth make up the majority of the population and they will determine the future,” said Findlay.

YSEALI was launched in 2013 by US President Barack Obama to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia.

It is open to citizens of the regional block between the ages of 18-35 years old.

YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth between the United States and Southeast Asia and nurture an ASEAN community through a variety of programmes and engagements such as educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges and seed funding.

The initiative focuses on topics such as education, civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, and entrepreneurship and economic development.

The Brunei Times