YSEALI at Brown University

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) at Brown University builds the leadership capabilities of youth in the ASEAN region and promotes cross-border cooperation to solve regional and global challenges. YSEALI is based out of the Swearer Center and works in collaboration with the University of Connecticut to support young social entrepreneurs from ASEAN nations through a five-week collaborative learning program.

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. gov­ernment's signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region and strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia. YSEALI focuses on critical topics identified by youth in the region: civic engagement, sustain­able development, education, and economic growth.

YSEALI at Brown University fits the Swearer Center's mission of globalizing partnerships and our approach to community engagement. It contributes to the development of the field of social innovation and creates opportunities for Brown University graduate and undergraduate students to learn and connect with other young leaders in social innovation.


The YSEALI program at Brown University is a five-week residency of intensive workshopping on social enterprises while engaging with Brown and the larger Providence community. 

Resources for Current Fellows

For more information about YSEALI, visit http://yseali.state.gov/.


Elena Vasquez: [email protected]