YSEALI Media Literacy Workshop FAQ

Eligibility Criteria

I will be under 23 or over 33 at the time of the program – am I still eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, to be eligible to attend the program you must be between the ages of 23 and 33 at the time of the program. This is based on your birthdate, not just your birth year.

I do not have a YSEALI account/I am not a YSEALI member. Am I still eligible to apply?

You will need to join YSEALI first and you can do that here: asean.usmission.gov/yseali

I tried to register on the YSEALI site, but did not receive my activation email. What should I do?

First, check your spam folder in your email – the message may have gone there. You can go ahead and apply for the workshop through VIA’s website, and try registering with YSEALI again in a few days.

I have a YSEALI account/I am a YSEALI member but I have never participated in a YSEALI program. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes! This program can be your first YSEALI program.

Application Questions

What questions are included on the application?

The application includes two parts:

Part 1: Applicant Information

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Citizenship
  • Date of Birth
  • Current Residence
  • Place of Birth
  • Email Address
  • SMS Contact Information
  • YSEALI Experience (optional)
  • Education Level
  • Academic Institution
  • Graduation Date
  • Current Status
  • How did you learn about this workshop?

Part 2: Essay Responses

  • Media Experience – Please describe your interest and experience in media (including but not limited to digital and social media, journalism, media analysis, media training, etc).
  • Application of Skills – This workshop and follow-on activities are intended to support young leaders in becoming socially active in effecting change in their home communities. Please describe how you intend to apply the knowledge and skills gained in this workshop to your community.
  • Media Literacy Policy – Please outline a national or regional policy regarding media literacy or an area that the media community would like to shape or influence and draft a strategic plan for how to effectively create that change.
  • Video Essay Link
  • Personal Biography – Please write a personal biography (150-250 words) in 3rd person perspective (e.g., Anne is from England…). The content could include, but is not limited to, your personal and professional background, YSEALI experience, current work, associations, projects, etc, and future aspirations.
  • Upload Resume or CV – Word document or PDF file (limited to 1 file, no larger than 50 MB).

Can you tell me more about the video essay?

As part of the application, we ask that you upload a video to social media (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or another site) and send us a link to the video. Make sure you have made the settings for the post “public” or sharable by link so we can watch the video. If you do not want to make a public video, you can also upload your MP4 video file to a storage site, like Google Drive or Dropbox, and share the private link with us. The video should be 30 seconds to two minutes, introducing yourself and your interest in the program. You can be as creative as you like – it’s really just a chance to get a brief glimpse of who you are!

How should I write my resume or CV?

When you prepare your resumé or CV, please do not include sensitive information (ID numbers, gender, date of birth, health ID, etc) in the document. Some of this information (gender, date of birth) is already collected in other sections of the application. If you are selected for the program, you will receive instructions for submitting additional information, including your ID documentation, so this should not be included in your resumé.

A US-style resumé includes:

  • Full name and contact information (cellphone & email address)
  • Links to personal website, blog, or LinkedIn profile (optional)
  • Education (highest degree first)
  • Relevant coursework (optional)
  • Relevant experiences in addition to formal internships or jobs:
    • research experiences
    • course/independent projects
    • student leadership
    • volunteering
    • skills (language, computer, etc.)

A US-style resumé does NOT include:

  • Personal information such as:
    • age
    • gender
    • marital status
    • race / ethnicity
    • home country
    • personal ID number / passport number
    • visa / immigration status
  • Photograph
  • Religion
  • English as a language skill
  • International permanent address
  • Grammatical or spelling errors
  • TOEFL or SAT scores

For other application-related questions, please check the 2019 YSEALI Media Literacy Workshop Application Instructions & Guidelines document as well.

Application Screening & Acceptance

When will accepted delegates be notified?

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance in mid-January 2019.

Travel Logistics

I do not have a passport yet, my passport is expired, or my passport will expire in September 2019 or before, can I still apply?

If you do not have a passport yet, your passport is expired, or it will expire in September 2019 or before, you can still apply for the program. However, you will need to have a passport that expires in October 2019 or later before the program begins in order to travel to Myanmar.