The YSEALI Media Literacy Workshop is a six day program to be held in Yangon, Myanmar from March 17-22, 2019. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) and managed by San Francisco-based Volunteers in Asia and Virginia-based George Mason University.
The program is fully funded, including travel to Yangon, accommodations and transportation while in Myanmar, all program activities, and includes the potential for follow-on small grant funding. This experience will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration among participants and mentors from across Southeast Asia, encouraging young leaders to deepen their understanding of the importance of media literacy in a fast-moving, digital media landscape. Participants will interact with expert facilitators, accomplished subject matter experts, dedicated mentors, and inspirational speakers working on media literacy in the region. The workshop will include interactive and informative learning and dialogue sessions, experiential activities, and intensive mentoring aimed at strengthening participants’ knowledge and skills and providing them with practical tools for success. It will also include field visits to local cultural sites, as well as group projects that will culminate in presentations and proposals for follow-on grant funding evaluated by an expert panel.
Participants should also show an interest in becoming socially active in effecting change in their home communities and will be asked to outline a national or regional policy that the media community would like to shape or influence and draft a strategic plan for how to effectively create that change.
Applications will be reviewed by VIA and Mason staff. Short-listed candidates will be shared with the U.S. embassies and consulates for review. Final decisions will be made by VIA, Mason, and embassy staff.
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How to Apply
Please read the 2019 YSEALI Media Literacy Workshop Application Instructions & Guidelines to check for eligibility and prepare materials. Applications will only be accepted through our online application form. Click the blue “Apply” button to start:
Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. Department of State’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, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community of leaders who work across borders to solve common issues.
The YSEALI community consists of bright young leaders, 18–35 years old, from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam who are making a difference in their communities, countries, and the region.