PHASE 1

BUILDING MOMENTUM &
CREATING CHANGE

Our on-ground team will lead half-day boot camps in 8 different cities around Malaysia in hopes of sparking national civic engagement. We want to find the leaders of tomorrow and help them bring change today.

We will share valuable tools, knowledge, and expertise in ushering your causes to the national stage.

A limited number of community members will be chosen and this boot camp will serve as a recruitment process in identifying the brightest leaders throughout the country into Phase 2. Are you ready to give it a try?

PHASE 2

SPARKING NATIONAL
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Passionate individuals will be able to apply in teams of four to attend specially curated civic engagement and leadership workshops. The workshops will be run by some of the pioneers in civic engagement to equip the young leaders with the know-how to launch their own civic engagement campaigns.

Five final teams will be chosen by the end of Phase 2 to receive seed funding of RM 6,000 to help launch their campaigns.

PHASE 3

SCALING & SUSTAINING
IMPACT

The final stage is for scaling and sustaining impact on a national scale. This phase includes networking and the launch of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which will serve as a Civic Engagement Toolkit and catalyst to create future civic leaders.

The MOOC is to be designed to empower the larger YSEALI members, with the knowledge from the program. To also share the impact being created by the campaign, we will be hosting a YSEALI Civic Engagement Showcase in Kuala Lumpur, targeted around September 2020. A winning team will be decided at this finale and be sent to attend the 2020 ASEAN Youth Conference that happens yearly in October and in Vietnam next year.

EQUIP THE LEADERS OF
TOMORROW

TO BRING CHANGE
TODAY

BECOME A BEACON FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2020
Submit your application at mereka.my
APPLY NOW

DON'T JUST
TAKE PART

IT'S TIME TO
TAKE OVER

Our community's greatest assets are our informed, engaged and enlightened citizens.

YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) aspires to incite new ideas and innovations in civic engagement. This year we call all aspiring leaders to support causes in their communities in the hopes of bringing new ideas to fruition.   

This nine month initiative aims to empower a community of Young Leaders with opportunities and necessary skills to become influential and effective civic participants in Malaysia.

BECOME A FUTURE
‍‍LEADER

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BOOTCAMP AIM

The program aims to excite the passionate souls who are ready to advocate for pressing youth-related issues in Malaysia.

We will champion their campaigns to bring true change to Malaysian communities.

1

Open Mooc Massive
Online Course

800

Participants

20

Winners

3

Months of
Mentorship

RM 30,000

Total Matching
Grants

5

Civic
Movements

MEET THE EXPERTS

Your journey toward national and international civic engagement will be boosted with the knowledge and experience of numerous industry players. The most valuable asset you can have is learning the mistakes of your predecessors. We will connect you with the current leaders of the nation to give you a true insight into the journey on which you are about to embark! Here are the experts you can expect to meet through YSEALI 2020! Learn about them and have your questions ready!

Your journey towards national and international civic engagement will be aided with the knowledge and experience from numerous industry players.

Qyira Yusri & Tharma Pallai

With no money, no sponsors and no political connections, a group of young Malaysians lobbied to lower Malaysia's voting age. Today, Undi 18 is a movement that champions youth representation and pushes for democratic reforms in the electoral process.

We believe that everyone has the potential to create change, hence this session will shed light on the journey of Undi 18 and how the movement created an advocacy strategy, identify opportunities and build a network of champions to rally around the cause.

Meera Sivasothy

Meera Sivasothy pursued a Business degree majoring in Accounting and kicked off her professional career working in investor relations & business development.
 
She took a break from technology transfer projects and the like after the birth of her
daughters, spending some seven years as a stay-at-home mom to see to the growing needs of her young progeny.
 
In 2008, a new opportunity arose in the form of the sassy radio station BFM89.9, and without any prior experience in broadcasting, Meera kicked off her career in the media.
 
Starting off on the news team, she then moved on to produce the soul of the station - the Bigger Picture segment - before taking on the role as the segment's main Anchor Presenter in 2010. Through the show, Meera enjoyed a post-graduate crash course in the business of life having had to keep enthusiastic artists, activists and doctors in line on air for seven years.

Meera then moved on to a role in management as Head of Operations in 2017 before assuming the role of General Manager in 2018.

In her 12th year at the station, she continues to champion the BFM mission of ‘Building First World Malaysia’.

Mazni Ibrahim

Mazni Ibrahim is a human rights strategist at MCCHR where she leads a civic education program called UndiMsia!. She has fourteen years experience in empowerment of indigenous communities, strategic legislative advocacy, youth engagement and human rights education. In 2017, she was elected as one of the participants in the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) by Equitas. Mazni also led the first BCHRC-MCCHR Strategic Litigation Conference in 2015. Prior to joining MCCHR, Mazni has served as an officer at the Bar Council Secretariat. Mazni holds an bachelor's degree in legal studies and LLM from University Teknologi MARA.

Andrew Khoo

Andrew Khoo graduated from King's College London in law and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in November 1991 and the Bar of the High Court of Malaya in Malaysia in May 1995.  He has been in active legal practice in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for almost 25 years.  He is currently serving his 11th year as an elected member of Bar Council Malaysia and is Co-Chair of the Constitutional Law Committee and Trade in Legal Services Committee. He is also Co-Deputy Chair of the Legal Profession Committee.

He was Co-Chair of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee from 2009-2018. He has represented the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), the Malaysian Bar, the Council of Churches Malaysia, the Diocese of West Malaysia and the Bible Society of Malaysia in watching briefs before the Federal Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court in cases involving election petitions, constituency redelineation, child custody, citizenship and freedom of religion. His most recent assignment was as a member of a Special Committee established by the government of Malaysia to study alternative sentences in lieu of the mandatory death penalty.

He authored/edited the Malaysian Bar’s submission to the Universal Periodic Review in 2008, 2013 and 2018.  His articles have been published in The New Straits Times, The Sun, Malaysiakini, The Nut Graph, Micah Mandate, the Wall Street journal and on the website and journal of the Malaysian Bar.

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan

An iconic Malaysian leader, former President of the Malaysian Bar Council and former co - chair of the largest electoral reform movement in Malaysia - BERSIH
She is one of the eight recipients of the US International Women of Courage Award in 2009.

Ivy N Josiah

Ivy N Josiah is a trainer and facilitators. This Women’s Rights Activist is the former Executive Director of Malaysia’s first shelter for domestic violence  survivors - Women’s Aid Organisation.

Gurpreet
- Me.reka -
Gurpreet is Me.reka's CEO. His analytical mindset and relentless passion for sustainability and innovative education propels him to constantly ideate, innovate, create and collaborate.
Rashvin
- Biji-Biji Initiative-
The group CEO and co-founder of Biji-Biji Initiative and Me.reka is a profound leader. Rashvin has been innovating the landscape for Social Enterprises in Malaysia.
Amalina
- US Embassy-
Amalina is the Malaysian US Embassy's Cultural Affair Officer and is also the YSEALI Coordinator. She is strongly passionate for environmental protection and human rights.
Community
Leaders
The bootcamps will be accompanied by the trials and tribulations faced by various leaders that practice civic engagement within the Malaysian communities they reside in.
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