State Department Celebrates Fourth Anniversary of Flagship Program for Southeast Asian Leaders

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 3, 2017

On December 3, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) – the State Department’s flagship leadership program in Southeast Asia – will celebrate its fourth anniversary. To mark the occasion, emerging leaders in all ASEAN member countries will implement community service projects, December 1–10, throughout their local, national, and regional communities. This dynamic campaign, collectively known as YOUnified, will bring leaders together with U.S. diplomatic missions for 10 days of high-impact projects.

The State Department will also participate in YOUnified through three community service events in Washington D.C. from December 4–8.

In one of the events, an American alumnus of a State Department exchange program in Southeast Asia will visit students at the Theodore Roosevelt High School Global Studies Campus to conduct educational outreach. The alumnus will speak about the impact of exchanges and opportunities for American students to participate in State Department exchange programs.

State Department personnel will also volunteer at two local organizations – the D.C. Central Kitchen and N Street Village.

For more information on the YOUnified projects in ASEAN, visit to view our map of projects by location.

Project updates and photos can be accessed on the YSEALI Tumblr:

To learn more about YSEALI, please visit: