The eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN (EYAA) is a partnership programme between Maybank Foundation and ASEAN Foundation that aims to alleviate poverty and improve the social and economic well-being of ASEAN communities through youth volunteerism and social innovation.
The programme encourages youth from all 10 ASEAN member states to leverage their experiences, knowledge and put their project ideas into action and create meaningful change for the local community in the Southeast Asian region. The programme aims to build the capacity of youth in ASEAN region by providing them with mentorship, regional leadership training, and overseas local community projects. The EYAA programme is supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ASEAN Sociocultural Community Blueprints 2025 and the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016-2020.
Prior to departure, the selected youth and CSO representatives will participate in a one-week intensive capacity building and orientation workshop to equip the youth volunteers with the required knowledge and skills and to help them make a detailed plan for their two-week community projects. The partner organisation/institution will attend the workshop to help the youth groups with the detailed planning of their upcoming community projects.
The programme aims to make a sustained and positive impact on ASEAN youth empowerment and ASEAN community building efforts. More specifically, this programme has the objectives to:
a. To promote volunteerism, social innovation, and awareness of ASEAN
b. To create an alternative career path for youths
c. To raise the awareness among ASEAN youths on social causes
d. To improve social and economic well-being of ASEAN communities through social enterprises.
This programme is eligible for anyone who fulfil these criteria:
a. Age of 19-35 years old by applicant’s next birthday (2020)
b. Citizens of ASEAN Member States
c. Fluency in English, as mentoring, trainings, and general communication during the programme will be fully conducted in English, participants are required to be able to have verbal and written fluency in English.
d. Full commitment themselves to one-week regional training from 2 to 9 March 2020 and two weeks overseas volunteering project on from 1 to 17 April 2020.
Accepted participants will receive:
a. A fully-funded orientation and capacity building prior departure to the community
b. Return flight ticket from home country to the volunteer location
c. Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and local transport
d. A grant to implement the two weeks overseas local community project1
The programme organisers will not cover the following:
a. Local transport from the participants’ home to the airport
b. Travel insurance of the participants
c. Health insurance of the participants
d. Any other expenses not directly related to the programme
30 NOVEMBER 2019