AYF is organised by the National Youth Council (NYC) in partnership with the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), and powered by the Singapore-ASEAN Youth Fund. Since its inception in 2018, more than 130 outstanding young leaders have become proud alumni of AYF.
The programme aims to:
1. Provide a platform for leadership development for outstanding young leaders in ASEAN;
2. Foster a strong network among young leaders across the 3P (public, private and people) sectors; and
3. Expose young leaders in ASEAN to opportunities in the region.
Profile of ASEAN Youth Fellows
The ASEAN Youth Fellows are young ASEAN leaders and influencers from diverse sectors. Many of them are also actively involved in the community, above and beyond their professional responsibilities.
Candidates are nominated through various partner organisations that work closely with NYC and SIF on diverse areas including youth leadership development and regional cooperation, or apply through an open call.
Upon successful completion of the programme, the AYF Fellows are committed to:
- Forge stronger ties and closer partnerships among the Fellowship;
- Expand and strengthen the connectivity among the youths of ASEAN;
- Enhance youth development; and
- Endeavour towards greater social impact.
The AYF is a week-long residential programme that comprises diverse activities to connect young ASEAN leaders from across the region.
During the programme, participants have the opportunity to dialogue with senior policy-makers and prominent thought leaders, and participate in immersive institutional visits and exclusive learning journeys to some of the key facilities and organisations in Singapore and the region. They are also given the chance to network through team-building activities and social events.
Over the previous runs, the Fellows had the opportunity to engage with leaders like Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Senior Ministers Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong, and Indonesia’s Minister for Education, Culture, Research and Technology Nadiem Makarim, as well as leading industry champions from Facebook, Singtel, DBS, Sembcorp Tengah Floating Solar Farm, Citizen Adventures, and various others.
Here are some of the media coverage and sharing of insights and learnings about the programme from the AYF Alumni: