Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)


The Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) brings 60 high school students from Southeast Asia to Northern Illinois University through a U.S. State Department grant in the spring, this year April 1-23. Participants learn about diversity and cultural appreciation, community action and activism, and networking and collaboration within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The program utilizes an active approach that includes community service, field trips to U.S. sites and schools, group projects, community engagement and an American family home stay.

NIU's Center for Southeast Asian Studies has hosted SEAYLP since 2009, welcoming participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. While in the U.S., these talented young people engage in courses and workshops on access and equity, green technology for economic growth, security, leadership, teambuilding and cultural diversity, concluding with a three-day study tour of the nation’s capital. CSEAS actively recruits host families for a week of hosting participants in  SEAYLP; if you are interested, please contact CSEAS at

Mandatory Predeparture Survey

Mandatory Predeparture Forms (PDF)

Global Youth Leaders Camp

American high school students with community service and leadership experience are also invited to participate in the program through a weekend Global Youth Leaders Camp and a three-day study tour to Washington, D.C. This free opportunity gives selected Illinois high school students, ages 15-17, the chance to work alongside peers from ten Southeast Asian countries, to learn about diverse cultures, build lasting friendships, and to practice leadership and civic action skills.

Host Families

Undergraduate SEA Fellows

Graduate SEA Fellows


Contact SEAYLP

Anastasia Kocher
Administrative Director