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 Growth, Education, and Sustainable Development.
2018 YSEALI Seeds for the Future - Projects of the Month
Teach for ASEAN
In 2015, a group of young, passionate people in Singapore realized the cyclical nature of poverty and poor educational opportunities. Feeling the drive to connect with their ASEAN neighbors, Teach for ASEAN (T4A) launched its maiden program in Yangon, Myanmar to educate and empower local youth through community events, enrichment programs on “soft” and “hard” skills, and job-preparedness trainings. Read more.
Viet Children’s Picture
Afterschool activities can be unaffordable for families who live in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City and only 45 minutes per week are dedicated to art in public schools. So Viet Children’s Picture created a free arts program for primary students in the area. Students are encouraged to pursue to their creative side through classes in crafting, drawing, dancing, and photography. Read more.
Financial Literacy of Micro and Small Businesses
Children with disabilities are four times as likely to be victims of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. In Hanoi, Vietnam, Kid+ is tackling the problem through after school programming for blind and deaf children around three issues: child rights, gender education, and child sexual abuse prevention. Read more.
Learning about emergency preparedness can be a tedious task. Yet, in the “disaster-prone” ASEAN region, it is (literally) life-saving information to know. Founders of PREDIKT have cleverly designed a toolkit that contains essential emergency tools plus a family-friendly board game to help parents teach children about what to do in the case of a natural disaster. Read more.
SHero was established by a Thai human rights lawyer and survivor of domestic violence with the goal of de-normalizing all forms of abuse. The project is a network of organizers in Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines who believe that anyone can be a “shero” and make changes in their local communities. The local chapters focus on many issues of women’s empowerment from domestic violence, to migrant rights, to sexual harassment. Read more.
As one of the top industries in Southeast Asia, the fashion world has a huge regional impact both in terms of employment and waste produced. FIBERS wants to transform the industry into something more sustainable, profitable, and fair for workers. To do this, they are leading bootcamps in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand to support innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more.
Lao Film Academy
Of the 57 films made in Laos since 1947, the majority were produced by foreigners. Lao Film Academy wants to create the next generation of local filmmakers by training high school students in editing, directing, screenplay writing, and cinematography. The students will create six short documentaries based on environmental issues. Read more.
In the coastal city of Kupang, Indonesia, many young people are losing touch with traditional wisdom about the environment. Schoove, or School of the Coastal Environment, created a curriculum designed to train local youth leaders in marine and fisheries issues. These participants will then use their newfound knowledge to teach elementary school students about environmental protection. Read more.
Back2Communities is a convention for youth aged 18-25 years old to create and implement solutions to the individuals with intellectual disabilities crisis in Brunei. It aims to provide tools and motivation for participants to become agent of changes to improve special needs centers in the the country. Read more.
As education changes in Laos, it is important for students to learn how to effectively use the internet. Tonkar, which means seedling, is the first online learning platform to be made in the country. The platform features online courses and videos in subjects such as math and physics. Read more.
Fine Arts Major Organization (FAMO )
FAMO’s team is comprised of young artists from the Philippines who believe that art can be a tool for healing. So they are leading workshops for female inmates to explore their creative side and learn how to tell their stories in a visual form. Read more.
Rubic Collaborative’s playdays for children with autism in Vietnam create a safe space that accommodates their difficulties and embrace their uniqueness. They hope it will raise public awareness and pave the way towards a future where children with autism can enjoy their right to play and be a part of the society. Read more.
When is the next competition?
The 2017-2018 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants competition is closed. Stay tuned for future grants opportunity with #YSEALISeeds.
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