US-backed youth caravan set today PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 August 2016 11:47

In partnership with local youth groups, the United States Embassy will hold youth-oriented caravan at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) this afternoon to promote its youth leadership initiative.

The caravan will showcase the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), a five-week educational and cultural exchange engagement program spearheaded by the US State Department which aims to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia.

Organized jointly by the US Embassy and YSEALI alumni, the one-day caravan will engage with 300-600 youths to discuss issues and topics such as the YSEALI, the ASEAN Integration, best practices and exhibits of local youth groups in YSEALI target areas of education, environment, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement, and an outreach activity.

The YSEALI caravan is an annual activity spearheaded since 2014 in various cities such as Davao, Albay, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Baguio, and Tacloban. For Zamboanga City, the activity is slated from 1 PM – 8 PM at the ADZU Multi-purpose Covered Court (MPCC).

Last April 2016, two Zamboangueños, Jessie Christopher Lapinid of the City Planning and Development Office and Atty. Alexis de Lima, OIC of National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Satellite Office in Zamboanga City, joined the 14-strong Philippine delegation to the YSEALI exchange.— Jasmine Mohammadsali