The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Marine Accelerator Program (MAP) is a program to advance the capacity of emerging conservation leaders and influencers from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam to scale up or expand initiatives that improve regional cooperation and address maritime and inland waterway issues, such as illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; river or marine ecosystem degradation; or marine debris.
Successful applicants to the YSEALI MAP will attend one virtual workshop in April and one in May, and an intensive in-person workshop in the Philippines in June. Participants will also get a chance to receive up to $2,000 in project grants to scale up and sustain their initiatives.
The YSEALI MAP is a project of Save Philippine Seas and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.
The YSEALI MAP aims to bring together 75 participants. This is subject to change based on guidelines on mass gatherings.
Participants will be selected based on the initiative they submit. If one initiative has three core members indicated in the application form, then all three will be part of YSEALI MAP.
- Grow your ecosystem
Connect with like-minded seatizens, innovators, and experts from Southeast Asia and the United States.
- Continue learning
Attend virtual workshops and an intensive in-person workshop* to advance leadership skills.
- Project funding
Ten initiatives will receive up to $2,000 to scale up and support upcoming activities.
- Create ripples of impact
Improve your initiatives to serve your communities better.
Applicants must be:
- between 18-35 years old;
- citizens and residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam.; and
- a YSEALI member. If you are not yet a member, register for free at http://yseali.state.gov. Complete the form at the upper right side of the website that says “Connect with YSEALI.”
- apply as individuals or a team of up to three members; and
- represent private entities (including startups and social enterprises), civil society organizations, or academic institutions.
Initiatives may be an online and/or offline campaign, a digital platform (web- or mobile-based), a for-profit enterprise, or a community-based project.
- address marine and inland waterway issues in the region;
- be at least six months old and a maximum of five years old; and
- exhibit innovation, early social/scientific impact, and the potential to scale.
Initiatives that have the potential to scale in the region and improve regional cooperation are preferred.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 (10 Days Remaining)Apply nowOfficial link