PANO – Nearly 70 young leaders nationwide are participating in the YSEALI Conference, co-held by the US Embassy in Vietnam, the Center for Sustainable Development Studies and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) from October 28 to 30 in Hanoi.

Participants at the event

The three-day conference aims to promote connection among Vietnamese youths and discuss out solutions to better dealing with issues in localities and communities and approaches to connecting young people with good ideas and aspirations to work for communities.

At the opening ceremony, participants listened to inspiring stories of outstanding young leaders, who successfully ran their voluntary projects for communities, such as “Think playgrounds” and “Sen trong pho” (Lotus in the city) projects.

US Embassy Charge D’Affaires Susan Sutton speaking at the opening ceremony

Joining the opening ceremony, US Embassy Charge D’Affaires Susan Sutton introduced and clarified the goals and missions of the YSEALI program as well as praised Vietnamese young leaders for their effort and energy dedicated to the program. She also lauded the achievements of Vietnamese youths for communities and vowed to continue supporting Vietnamese youths’ practical projects and initiatives in the coming time.

YSEALI is a signature program launched by President Barack Obama since 2013 to promote and strengthen the power of youths in Southeast Asia to tackle common regional and global challenges.

Lam Anh – Hong Thanh