Malaysia’s 2018 South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

The Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) is a three-week U.S.-based exchange program for high school students (ages 15-17) and adult mentors from ASEAN member countries, funded by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

SEAYLP fosters mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers.  During the exchanges, students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, leadership development, and live with American families.  Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities.

This year, five students and one adult mentor will embark on the program in April at the Northern Illinois University (NIU), Dekalb with a study tour to Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Rumi bin Muhammad Juhari, Student
SMK Abdul Jalil, Hulu Langat

This opportunity comes only once in a lifetime. I want to experience life on the other side. The people, the science, the technology, school, culture, food, service, minds, ideas, weather and everything else. It will be such an eye-opener and am all ready to work with everybody of all backgrounds.

Shreevany Mukudan, Student
SMK Taman Desaminium

Becoming a leader is important to me because I would like to change or help improve the mindset of Malaysians in certain aspects such as making them realize how important and severe mental illness are, reducing the gender gap and ensuring everyone in Malaysia has a place to call home.

Keisha Wee, Student
Kuala Lumpur
Inspired Minds Academy

I believe that the program will open new doors into new opportunities. I also believe that my immersive and hands-on experience will help to shape me into who I am as person, and who am I as a writer. The best way to learn is to experience it yourself.

Linus Theo Dengah, Student
HELP International School

I look forward to meeting new people from different countries participating in this exchange and sharing world views and culture.

Noor Aleeka Mohamed Mokhti, Adult Mentor
Psychology Officer

I hope to get new information and knowledge on programs which are youth related / youth development. This can help me expand the values of programs which I can conduct in my local setting. With the experience and knowledge gained from SEALYP, I can reach out to the local youth by injecting new energy and enthusiasm as well as increase awareness of youth social issues in them.

Parvina Preyah Muniandy, Student
Bukit Rahman Secondary School, Sungai Buloh

It will provide me to strengthen my qualities through learning and interchanging ideas and information with participants from different countries. Further it will provide to understand the democratic leadership practiced in the great country of USA.