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Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)
The Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) brings 60 high school students from Southeast Asia to the United States each year through a U.S. State Departmentgrant. Participants learn about diversity and cultural appreciation, community action and activism, and networking and collaboration within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The program utilizes an active approach that includes community service, field trips to US sites and schools, group projects, American family home stays and community engagement.
NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies will host SEAYLP 2020 in April, welcoming participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. While in the U.S., these talented young people will engage in courses and workshops on access and equity, green technology for economic growth, security, leadership, teambuilding and cultural diversity, concluding with a three-day study tour of the nation’s capital.
Global Youth Leaders Camp
American high school students with community service and leadership experience are also invited to participate in the program for three days, including a weekend Global Youth Leaders Camp and the study tour to Washington, D.C. Details and dates for the Global Youth Leaders Camp to come. This is a free opportunity for selected Illinois high school students, ages 15-17, to work alongside peers from ten Southeast Asian countries, to learn about diverse cultures, to build lasting friendships, practice leadership and civic action skills, and to join a three-day study tour to Washington, D.C.