Cabinet Secretariat, US Embassy Hold Webinar on Young Southeast Asian Leaders Program
Cabinet Secretariat Friday (02/24) held a web seminar on the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program (PFP) Information Day.
“Participants of the YSEALI PFP must demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their workplaces and communities. They must also be eager to learn about the United States and ASEAN region,” Cultural Attachè of the US Embassy in Jakarta Mery Trechock said.
According to the attaché, the YSEALI PFP is a professional development exchange program for professionals aged 25-35 from Southeast Asia.
The program provides participants the opportunity to spend a month-long fellowship at U.S.-based companies, non-profit organizations, institutions, and government offices.
Mery also said that the YSEALI focuses on strengthening partnerships with emerging leaders in Southeast Asia, broadening the participants’ skills to become effective civic, economic, and non-governmental leaders, and encouraging participants to work together across borders to solve regional challenges.
The program has been rolled out since 2013 and has been joined by several ASEAN member countries, including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
“Anyone can take part in this program. Apart from being willing to actively participate in intensive academic programs, community service activities, and comparative studies, the most important thing is that you must have the commitment to return to your country to apply the leadership skills and training you got to benefit the community, country, or Southeast Asia region,” she explained.
In the meantime, Head of Cabinet Secretariat’s Human Resource and Governance Bureau Henny Navilah expressed hope that the webinar can attract the organization’s officials/employees to participate in the YSEALI PFP to improve their competence as future Cabinet Secretariat leaders.
“Hopefully, there will be further cooperation between Cabinet Secretariat and the US Embassy in the future through other relevant programs that suit the professional needs of the organization. We also hope that the embassy can provide those opportunities to professionals from Cabinet Secretariat,” Henny said. (FID/AIT/SND) (RIF/RAS/EP)