Introducing Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative to Indonesian Youth

Three people seated. (Mission Image)Jakarta – As a part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program, launched by President Obama in Kuala Lumpur April 26-28, U.S. Embassy Jakarta hosted an @america event inviting 100 university students to watch the YSEALI Town Hall, where President Obama hosted a Q&A session with YSEALI participants at the University of Malaya.  Students from University Muhammadiyah Banten and University of Paramadina were joined via DVC by students from University Muhammadiyah in Yogyakarta to view the Town Hall video, and they participated in their own Q&A and discussion with two YSEALI participants – Ms. Rachmawati at @america and Ms. Rida Nurafiati in Yogyakarta – joined by USASEAN and moderated by Embassy Jakarta Public Affairs.  The panelist shared their experiences from the three-day YSEALI workshop, noting their motivation to take action and become youth leaders not only in their own country but also across ASEAN.  They said that the workshop allowed them to meet inspirational people and broaden their network in ASEAN, adding that it gave them new confidence to share ideas and projects with their fellow ASEAN youth.  The three-day workshop also provided information on project management, marketing, and project monitoring and evaluation, helping participants to implement projects with independent funding.  USASEAN highlighted YSEALI as an important part of the United States’ expanding focus with ASEAN.

See the photos of the event here.