YSEALI YOUnified

YSEALI YOUnified 2021

YOUnified is an annual community service initiative that celebrates YSEALI’s anniversary on December 3 and the power of YSEALI members to positively transform their communities across Southeast Asia. YOUnified combines the words YOUTH and UNIFIED to demonstrate YSEALI members’ ingenuity in developing solutions to local, national and regional challenges.

This year we are asking you to participate and celebrate the spirit of YSEALI through community service throughout the month of December.

These acts of volunteerism will benefit not only you but those around you. By giving goods, services, and time at no cost to those around you, you are strengthening your community and empowering yourself as a leader. Whether you are cleaning up a beach or painting a school, running a virtual program, you can make a difference. No act is too small.

Please remember that YOUnified activities should be safe and follow local laws and regulations in regard to your country’s COVID-19 situation and restrictions. Virtual events count as YOUnified events.  

Participating in YOUnified
There are two ways to participate: you can volunteer at an event near you or you can organize your own.

Volunteering 
Plan on volunteering or doing any community service activities for YOUnified. If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer check out the YOUnified activities on our Padlet (link coming soon).


Organizing
Community service events include everything from picking up trash, to raising awareness about important issues through a virtual event, to volunteering for a local NGO, to planting trees or mentoring students. Organizing one is easier than you think, download the YSEALI YOUnified Toolkit [PDF] to help you start planning. Please note that YOUnified events should be free of charge and are self-funded. 

To sign up as a YOUnified event organizer, please submit your event on Padlet (link coming soon!) by November 26, 2021. Your event will be verified and approved by the YSEALI coordinators. If your event did not get approved that means your event did not meet the requirements.

Promoting YOUnified
Use the YOUnified Facebook frame and Instagram frame!

YOUnified 2021 Upcoming Events

Click on our Padlet here to submit your YOUnified activity or to check out the YOUnified activities available for you to volunteer in.

Please note that all group members may create and attend events at their sole discretion, expense and risk. Providing personal contact information is at the sole discretion and risk of each individual. Inclusion of an event on this list is not an endorsement by the U.S. government. The U.S. government cannot be held accountable for anything related to these events or their promotion.

 



On December 3, 2016 an unprecedented 16,000 YSEALI members in 10 countries led 107 projects in what was the largest-ever day of community service in Southeast Asia. This event celebrated the third birthday of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).

YSEALI YOUnified projects focused on a wide range of topics from sustainable farming in Brunei, to mangrove conservation in Indonesia, to youth empowerment in Cambodia. Other project themes include:

  • Youth leadership
  • Environmental protection
  • Education
  • Civic engagement
  • Disability rights
  • Combatting trafficking in persons
  • Entrepreneurship
  • And more!

See photos from YSEALI YOUnified 2016 on our Flickr page.

See 2016 YSEALI YOUnified projects on the Map.

Media coverage of YSEALI YOUnified 2016:

Borneo Bulletin: Inspiring youths to overcome global challenges
Borneo Bulletin: US envoy lauds YSEALI service projects
Borneo Bulletin: Applications invited for YSEALI Borneo Eco-Warriors programme
BruDirect: YAS Brunei Explore Themes of Human Trafficking
CNN Philippines (Facebook):  New U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim made his first public appearance at the third anniversary of the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)
Thai Nguyen University (Vietnam): YSEALI YOUnified Day
Jakarta Globe: Young Southeast Asian Leaders Tackle Community Projects Across Asean
Philippines Information AgencyYoung Surigaonons make waves in the Youth Development Convergence in Caraga
InquirerU.S. Envoy Hails Young Philippines, Asean leaders
TempoSE Asian Youngsters Lead Largest Day of Youth Service in ASEAN

YSEALI YOUnified 2017
From December 1 – 10, 2017, members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) will celebrate the program’s 4th anniversary by participating in YOUnified – a 10-day community service effort across ASEAN countries.  YSEALI YOUnified aims at encouraging young people to be civically engaged and demonstrate the power of youth to develop solutions to pressing local, national and regional issues.

Check out the YSEALI YOUnified 2017 photos here.

YSEALI YOUnified 2018

Members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) will celebrate the program’s 5th anniversary by participating in YOUnified – “Five Years, Five Weeks of Community Service” across ASEAN and Timor-Leste. YSEALI YOUnified aims to encourage young people to be civically engaged and demonstrate the power of youth to develop solutions to pressing local, national and regional issues.

Follow the movement on social media with #YSEALI #YOUnified. Share your story of community service with us on YSEALI Tumblr page.

About YSEALI YOUnified

YOUnified is an annual community service campaign held around December 3rd to commemorate YSEALI’s anniversary and celebrate the power and potential of our YSEALI members. YOUnified combines the words YOUTH and UNIFIED to demonstrate YSEALI members’ ingenuity in creating solutions to shared community and regional challenges in one campaign. In 2017, YOUnified mobilized 11,000 young people in 10 ASEAN countries around 120 community projects and the momentum will continue in 2018.

How to Organize Your Own YOUnified Community Service Event

During the month of December, we want you to join forces to demonstrate the power of Youth Unified to create a positive impact through community service across Southeast Asia. Examples of community service events include picking up trash at a local park or beach, raising awareness at a local school about important issues for your community, volunteering to help at a local NGO, planting trees, or mentoring young students on the importance of leadership and civic engagement.

Click here for “YSEALI YOUnified Toolkit” which will assist you to plan and running a successful YOUnified event.

YSEALI YOUnified 2019

Members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) will celebrate the program’s 6th anniversary by participating in YOUnified across ASEAN and Timor-Leste from December 1-8, 2019. YSEALI YOUnified aims to encourage young people to be civically engaged and demonstrate the power of youth to develop solutions to pressing local, national and regional issues.

Check out the YSEALI YOUnified 2019 here.