Jun 09, 2021

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: Funding oppurtunity for The 2022 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Regional Workshop

  • Christine
  • Vietnam (Nha Trang)
Competition Volunteering/Community Service/Social Entreprenuership



Public Affairs Section Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: The 2022 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Regional Workshop

Funding Opportunity Number: SVM700-21-PAS-010

Deadline for Applications: 11:59P.M., Wednesday, June 30, 2021 (GMT+7)

CFDA Number: 19.040

Total Amount Available: $250,000

Project Budget: $100,000 – $250,000

Mandatory forms: Downloadable from the right sidebar (updated in November 2020)

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to Vietnam announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Regional Workshop to reduce ocean pollution, in Nha Trang, Vietnam. 

Program Objectives: YSEALI (yseali.state.gov) is the U.S. government’s signature initiative to engage emerging leaders in Southeast Asia. The program aims to create a network of young Southeast Asian leaders who work across national borders to solve common problems. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture a community of leaders who work across borders to solve shared issues. YSEALI is open to young leaders ages of 18-35 who are both citizens and residents of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) or Timor-Leste. Responding to priorities from youth in the ASEAN region, YSEALI programs focus on four themes (Economic Growth and Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Issues, Education, and Civic Engagement). One component of YSEALI are the annual Regional Workshops held across Southeast Asia on strategic topics.

This regional workshop will advance the YSEALI theme of Environmental Issues and the U.S. Mission to Vietnam strategic goal(s) of enhancing water quality by promoting improved waste management and reducing plastic use by consumers and industry and strengthening Vietnam’s ability to foster an environmental and economical sustainability by creating a platform for the young generation in Southeast Asia in protecting the environment by reducing ocean pollution and saving marine lives.

The 2022 YSEALI Regional Workshop:

Marine Warriors will invite 100 participants from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste to Nha Trang City, Vietnam tentatively from December 1-6, 2022 (including travel dates) to study and observe the latest consequences of environmental changes in the Coastal Central, Vietnam caused by plastic pollution, acidification, ocean warming and fisheries management which all have direct effects on people’s incomes and lives, as well as economic development of the region. Through presentations, case studies, site visits, and interactive activities, participants will explore the potential short- and long-term solutions and implementation strategies for addressing changes in the environment that are causing serious and observable consequences in Vietnam’s coastal regions and other marine/freshwater environments in ASEAN. The workshop should include speakers and an interactive workshop where all participants can understand the narrative, behavior impact, and social engagement behind games. This will be supplemented by a game development component, or “game jam” where participants will provide subject-matter expertise and storylines for trainers and speakers with experience in game design to build pilot video games over the course of two days. Teams will then present their final prototypes at the end of the workshop. The proposal should include workshop follow-on activities such as virtual collaborative work and projects funded through small seed grants for the winning prototypes so the participants can produce an actual video game that can be later used and shared widely among ASEAN youth community to foster the networks in ASEAN, raise awareness about environmental sustainability and amplify the U.S. policy towards the region. The follow-on activity should be included in the monitoring and evaluation plan. The proposal should include a pre and post workshop survey to measure the overall effectiveness of the workshop as well as any changes to the participants’ knowledge of the workshop topic. The concepts of leadership, giving back, and strengthening a Southeast Asian/ASEAN identity based on shared values and shared challenges should be integrated into the program.

Workshop speakers/facilitators/mentors should be citizens of the United States, an ASEAN member country, or Timor-Leste.

The recipient is expected to develop syllabus materials and an event program with participant and speaker biographies, as well as design banners, backdrops, and other printed materials. The recipient is expected to design a digital engagement strategy for workshop participants and social media audiences, including live video or live online engagement during the program. No new website specific to the event should be created or launched. Domain, hosting and build costs will not be covered.

More Information:

Type of Opportunity

Capstone Project

Application Deadline

11:59P.M., Wednesday, June 30, 2021 (GMT+7)

Age Range


Time Commitment

December 1-6, 2022