2022 South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) (Deadline: November 26, 2021)

Application Deadline: November 26, 2021 at 5:00 P.M.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications to the 2022 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.  Each year the application process is opened to youth from different regions of Cambodia.  This year, the application is open to secondary school students and educators (teachers/community leaders) from Battambang, Sihanoukville, and Kampong Chhnang only.

SEAYLP brings together high school students and adult mentors from the ten ASEAN member countries for a three-week United States-based exchange program focused on leadership and youth development.  The program explores shared challenges faced by the United States and ASEAN member countries as viewed through the three pillars of the ASEAN community:  political and security cooperation, economic skills-building, and socio-cultural leadership. Participants will develop concrete skills in project development, communication, and leadership while engaging in hands-on activities, workshops, seminars, and site visits.  Participants will also develop projects to address the needs of their communities upon their return home.  The program will take place in Dekalb, Illinois in May 2022 (if conditions permitting) and will include site visits, workshops, homestays, and a study tour.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, through an award to NIU, will cover all program costs, including round-trip international travel, alumni activities, lodging, stipends, all in-country program related expenses (including domestic travel for visa interviews and/or pre-departure orientation), in-country lodging and expenses, and other program associated costs.

Eligibility Criteria

For secondary school students who:

  • Will be at least 15 years old and not more than 17 years old by May 1, 2022;
  • Have leadership potential, a commitment to or interest in civic action, strong academic and social skills, and an interest in community service;
  • Have strong English skills;
  • Have permission from both parent(s)/guardian(s) and schools to participate in the entire program; and
  • Preference will be given to participants who have not previously traveled to the United States, especially on a U.S. government-sponsored program.

Download the student application here.

For educators or community leaders who:

  • Are willing to serve as mentors for the youth on this program;
  • Teach at a secondary school or work with youth in a professional or volunteer capacity;
  • Are well respected in the community;
  • Have strong English language skills; and
  • Intend to continue working with or for youth in their careers and have an interest in professional development.

Download the adult application here.

Application Instructions
  • Applications must be submitted by emailing your completed application to Public Affairs Section at PASExchanges@state.gov by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 26, 2021.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.  For more information, please contact Public Affairs Section at PASExchanges@state.gov or 023-728-179.