YSEALI Generation: Power of Human Capital Workshop (Singapore)

U.S. State Department, Count Me In, Making Cents International
YSEALI Background
Recognizing that over 65 percent of the population in Southeast Asia is under the age of 35, the White House launched the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) in December 2013 to augment leadership development and networking in the 10 ASEAN countries; deepen engagement with young leaders across critical sectors; and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and young leaders across the region.
 
The goal of YSEALI is to expand and institutionalize extensive programmatic engagement throughout Southeast Asia aimed at empowering the next generation of leaders. For more information, please visit https://youngsoutheastasianleaders.state.gov.
 
As part of this initiative, Count Me In and its partner Making Cents International are working with the U.S. Embassy Singapore to organize a YSEALI Generation Workshop that will be held December 3-7, 2014 in Singapore on the Power of Human Capital.
 
About the YSEALI Generation Workshop
Across industries, employers agree that people are the most important asset to an organization and, more than ever before, they value their human capital. With this realization, the employment landscape is transforming and there is a clear need for a shift in how young people are prepared to enter the workforce.
 
Throughout the ASEAN region, and around the globe, employers are looking to hire young people who have skills that include strong verbal communication, an ability to work collaboratively on a cross-cultural team and the capacity to think critically and creatively. Today, these “soft skills” are crucial for a talented young professional to succeed in his or her career.
 
In most settings, secondary schools and post-secondary educational institutions do not offer courses that develop the workforce behavioral knowledge, skills and attitudes that are highly valued by employers. Where can talented youth learn about the skills that are in greatest demand and where can they acquire the knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes to reach their potential in the workplace?
 
The YSEALI Generation: Power of Human Capital Workshop will bring 60 young leaders from the 10 ASEAN
member states who want to deepen their understanding and application of the ”soft skills” that employers seek
while laying the foundation for a meaningful and rewarding career for either themselves or other young people.

There are two tracks as part of this Workshop:
Track 1: Advancing My Career
The “Advancing My Career” track of this Workshop is targeted towards young professionals (aged 18-25) who are preparing to enter the workforce or have secured their first job and seek to strengthen their soft skills.

Track 2: Bridging the Gap
The “Bridging the Gap” track of this Workshop is targeted for young professionals (aged 24-35) who are employed by organizations in which they are in a position to improve workforce development programming for significant numbers of young people in their home country or ASEAN.