Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program

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The Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) brings sixty young people from Southeast Asia to the United States each year through a US Department of State grant. Program 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, classes, American family home stays, and engagement with community members in and around NIU.

Northern Illinois University and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies are delighted to welcome the tenth group of SEAYLP participants April 5-28, 2017. Sixty SEAYLP participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will travel to NIU for SEAYLP 2017 to 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.

This year SEAYLP will welcome fifteen American high school student leaders, April 22-28, for a Global Youth Leaders Camp and the study tour to Washington, DC. If you are a young person with community service and leadership experience and and eagerness to collaborate with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, check out our Global Youth Leaders Camp page.

NIU is also recruiting families in the DeKalb-Sycamore community to host SEAYLP participants for one week (April 8-16). For many participants, the host family experience is the most meaningful part of their time here, but can also be just as meaningful for the families. If your family is interested in hosting, visit our Host Family Experience page for more information. 

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