What is it?
YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. The competition provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region. Projects cover one of the four YSEALI themes:
- Civic Engagement
- Economic Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship
- Environmental Issues
YSEALI Seeds for the Future – Past Projects
The YSEALI Seeds for the Future Small Grants Competition awarded 26 projects in 2021 as part of its seventh YSEALI Seeds cohort. Check out the projects here:
Accessed Educators: This project believed in a post-COVID education system that centers around technology-enhanced and student-centered approaches that offered flexibility and a more personalized learning environment.
Hub R Sar: This project aimed to support young leaders from four provinces in Laos with six-days project management skills training to build strong teamwork.
Youth in Action for Youth Budget: This project aimed to mobilize youth’s engagement in the formulation of the Executive Budget Proposal (EBP) for the fiscal year 2022 in Vietnam.
Kilang ReRoot: This project aimed to tackle food waste using the three pillars of sustainability: reducing food waste (environment) by engaging multiple sectors of the Bruneian community (society) and creating opportunities for local businesses through food upcycling projects (economy). Kilang ReRoot focused on efficient management in every stage of the food cycle, with an emphasis on waste recovery to prevent food waste from being dumped in landfills.
Project Kayamanan: Project Kayamanan provided online peer financial coaching sessions to public senior high school students in the Philippines as well as individual coaching sessions for students with families needing personal financial advice. Project Kayamanan sought to impart fun, simple, creative, and interesting financial education to high school students so that they could teach what they learned to their fellow peers.
PantiCT: This project aimed to develop IT knowledge in orphanage residents in South Jakarta, Indonesia. The vision of PantiCT was represented in the motto ‘level up your skill and promote yourself to reach the infinity world’. With three respective programming sessions, ‘level up’, ‘promote up’, and ‘reach infinity’, PantiCT provided tech-based training with professional mentors and company visits to get the orphans interested in basic IT skills, introduced innovation challenges, and showcased the program results.
#DisasterBusters: This project empowered young leaders in the Philippines to reduce the harmful impacts of natural disasters and create climate resiliency in their communities.
SMAYL: Seeds for Mindanao’s Advocacy on Youth Leadership or SMAYL helped young peacebuilders in the Mindanao region created sustainable change.
The Green Dots: The Green Dots was a project team based in Vietnam that brought practical greeneries to urban settings through a pilot community garden and participatory activities.
Project WEGO: This project created agency among Malaysian senior citizens by implementing mobile literacy classes that empowered their use of technology and encouraged them to be independent.
InPsychOut: This project increased transparency surrounding mental health in Vietnam.
Yowana Subak: The Yowana Subak team created cultural pride among youth in Bali, Indonesia through ancestral land cultivation methods and farming practices.
Bebas Sampah ID: Bebas Sampah ID’s project mission was to build a youth-led participatory waste management platform in Indonesia.
Project TURO: This project created an entrepreneurial foundation in order to strengthen the economic resilience of rural Filipino youth during COVID-19.
LEAPS: This project taught valuable business skills to ASEAN youths through remote tertiary student consulting programs. Read more.
Pongo Academy: This project provided local Bornean women with the skillset to become ambassadors for preserving their native lands in Indonesia.
Purrfect Writers Club: This project based in Myanmar that fostered the creative expression of underprivileged Myanmar youths to provide them with academic and career opportunities.
Technify: This project connected tech talent with change-makers to bridge the digital divide in Southeast Asia.
Right Thing to SEA: This project raised awareness of ecosystem services for local youths through marine resource management in Karas, Indonesia.
Sokola Tengger: This project brought literacy and advocacy for social and ecological justice to the indigenous community in the Tengger National Park area.
Dayadik: This project empowered Indonesian teachers to create a psychologically safe learning environment.
Femnimitr: This project bridged the gender data gap in Thailand through storytelling.
ActivateGov: This project activated the Local Youth Development Council in the Philippines through civic education.
Real Money Real Youth: This project helped youth in Myanmar gained essential financial skills needed to build better futures by creating a powerful financial education platform.
Project YEA: This project provided vital information regarding water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for vulnerable communities in Myanmar through a mobile application.
Trail X: #LifeGoals: This project empowered youth towards environmental stewardship through football and experiential learning in Timor-Leste and the Philippines.