Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

2020 South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

Application Deadline: December 15, 2019

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an open competition for the 2020 South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

The 2020 SEAYLP convenes high school students and adult mentors from the ten ASEAN member countries for a three-week U.S.-based exchange program, focused on leadership and youth development and to explore shared challenges faced by the United States and ASEAN member countries.  These challenges are explored through the three pillars of the ASEAN community: diplomatic and security cooperation, economic skills-building (through the exchange’s project development), and socio-cultural leadership (through hands-on activities, workshops, seminars, and site visits to foster greater communication).  Participants will develop projects to address the needs of their communities upon their return home.

All costs for this exchange program are covered by the U.S. Department of State.

Eligibility Criteria

Students who may apply are those who:

  • Will be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old on April 1, 2020; (Be born from April 1, 2003-April 1, 2005);
  • Be a Lao citizen currently residing and studying in Laos;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential in their school and/or community;
  • Have strong English language skills; and strong academic and social skills;
  • Have a commitment to or interest in civic action and interested in community service;
  • Have permission from parent(s)/guardian(s) and schools to participate in the entire program.

The application for secondary school students is available here.

Adult mentors who may apply are those who:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to working with young people;
  • Are well respected in the community;
  • Are willing to serve as mentors for the youth on this program
  • Have strong English language skills; and
  • Are committed to continue working with SEAYLP participants after their return from the United States.
  • Have travel experience outside their home state or province, such as to the national capital; international travel experience is not required

The application for adult applicants is available here.

Individuals in the following circumstances are not eligible for the SEAYLP Program:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of Laos;
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members. 

Application Instructions
Applications must be in PDF File only and must be submitted on December 15, 2019 by email:
Questions regarding the application and selection process should be addressed to email:  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.