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USAID-supported youth leaders step up at Southeast Asian Youth Summit

Group photo of USAID-supported out-of-school youth delegation to the SEAMEO INNOTECH Youth Summit held on June 27-28, 2023 in Quezon City.

In a Southeast Asian Youth Summit organized by SEAMEO INNOTECH on June 27-28, 2023, 11 USAID-supported out-of-school youth leaders shared with more than 100 participants from 10 Southeast Asian Countries how they made an impact in their communities through youth-led initiatives in governance, environment, and entrepreneurship—proving that out-of-school youth can also be changemakers in their own communities.

One of the SEAMEO INNOTECH Youth Summit participants poses with event promotional materials during the activity.
Over 100 participants representing 10 Southeast Asian countries attended the summit.

Select upcoming young leaders bring the voice of marginalized out-of-school youth to the international stage. 

Youth were part of designing and implementing the summit.
One of the USAID-supported youth leaders from Cagayan de Oro City presenting their environmental initiatives to other youth participants at the summit.

Part of USAID’s positive youth development approach is preparing young people to be actors in their own development. In its 15 partner cities, out-of-school youth train in communication skills, leadership, planning, and civic engagement. And through youth development alliances, marginalized youth’s voices are heard and influence city plans and policies that aim to serve them better.#

Summit participants from 10 Southeast Asian countries take a class photo.
Former Philippine Education Secretary Dr. Leonor Briones, now SEAMEO INNOTECH Center Director, delivering her opening remarks.