DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The ASEAN Peace Project in partnership with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), the U.S. Department of State, International Republican Institute (IRI), and the East-West Center (EWC) invites young community leaders from Mindanao, Philippines and Southern Thailand to apply as participants for a social enterprise accelerator program.
As one of this year’s winners of U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature program YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition, the project is a community development program focused on contributing to the peace and environmental protection efforts of the conflict-affected areas of the Philippines and Thailand through youth-led social enterprise initiatives.
The project will identify aspiring Filipino and Thai social entrepreneurs who will gain skills and experiences through a rigorous five-day accelerator program composed of lectures, workshops, fieldwork, and mentorship sessions with a focus on peace-building, conflict management, product development,environmental protection,business compliance, marketing, community leadership, andimpact investing.
The Filipino participants will partake in the program from April 19 to 23 in Davao City, Philippines, while the program for the Thai participants will take place from May 21 to 25 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Who can apply?
The project team is looking for individuals who will be able to demonstrate their potential to make a difference for and address the challenges confronting their communities. All ASEAN Peace Project applicants must:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of the program;
- Be able to demonstrate their commitment to peace-building, environmental protection, and/or social entrepreneurship;
- Be currently a full-time undergraduate or graduate student; recent graduate of college, university, or other institutions of higher learning; or young professional who has recently joined the workforce;
- Be a resident of the following areas: Mindanao, Philippines and Southern Thailand, although exceptional applicants from other cities or provinces may be considered if they meet all other eligibility criteria
Participants will be selected based on their leadership qualities and track record, including volunteer activities, educational background, and community service experiences.
Several institutions and groups in the fields of social entrepreneurship, peace-building, and environmental protection are expected to grace the event, including the Office of Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV, Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia, Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, and Social Enterprise Development Partnerships, among many others.
The project will also feature successful social enterprises in the region.
Successful applicants will receive training from international leadership specialists from the East-West Center, which is one of the leading education and research organizations in the United States headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Participants will also have a chance to visit existing social enterprises and hear the experiences of young people who have already started their own businesses.
Travel, food, accommodation and material expenses are sponsored by the program.
At the end of each program, the ASEAN Peace Project participants will present a business proposal to a panel. The top 4 proposals (2 winners for each country) will receive funding to start-up their businesses with assistance and guidance from the organizers and local partners.
How to join?
Interested and qualified young leader-applicants are required to send an application form, which can be access at aseanpeaceproject.com, along with one photo ID (e.g. Passport, Government-issued ID, School ID) via e-mail to email@example.com.
The call for applications will run until March 20 for the Filipino applicants and March 30 for the Thai applicants.
Applicants are also required to upload a two-minute video pitch on Youtube or Vimeo about the social or environmental problems confronting their communities and their business idea to solve such challenges.
Applicants may also log on to aseanpeaceproject.com or get in touch with the project directors of the Philippines (Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay: firstname.lastname@example.org) and Thailand (Art Phanthumachinda: email@example.com) for any concerns or questions regarding the application.