The US Mission to Vietnam is seeking candidates for the 2019 Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP). Photo from congthuong.vn Students in Grades 10 and 11 at Vietnamese high schools who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement and extracurricular activities, and proficiency in English are invited to apply for the program. Up to five scholarships are available for Vietnamese students. The application deadline is 11:59pm on Sunday, December 9. Funded by the US Department of State, SEAYLP is an exchange program to advance the strategic goals of fostering civil society and good governance and cultivating a more cohesive ASEAN community identity by engaging promising young leaders. SEAYLP brings together high school students from the ten ASEAN member countries for a three-week US-based exchange program focused on leadership and youth development, to explore shared challenges faced by the US and ASEAN member countries. These challenges are explored through the three pillars of the ASEAN community: political and security cooperation, economic skills-building (through the exchange’s project development), and socio-cultural leadership (through hands-on activities, workshops, seminars, and site visits to foster greater communication). The exchange will take place in April 2019 at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Participants are required to implement follow-on projects that serve the needs of their communities in the months that follow their return home. Participant costs for program administration, international and domestic travel, housing, and food are covered by the US Department of State.