Summer projects: 2015
Each year, SEALNet’s summer projects are selected from a pool of submitted proposals. In 2015, SEALNet undertook 3 projects in 2 countries. Additionally, SEALNet held its second Youth Leadership Summit 2015.
Time: August 3-17, 2015
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The number of children who live in garbage dumps among the outskirts of Phnom Penh is indeed alarming for both the government and the Cambodian community. On top of living in impoverished conditions, the majority of these children does not have access to education. They are forced to pick garbage or engage in other dangerous activities in order to earn money for supporting their families. PC15 aims to cooperate with a local organization for the purpose of advocating education to the slum children through a two-week curriculum. We plan to achieve this by organizing an extracurricular activity program that will allow the children to explore their interest on subjects that are not integrated in the Cambodian educational curriculum, and enhance their interests on the subjects that already are. In summary, our goal is simple: to make the children fall in love with school and education.
Time: June 16 to June 30, 2015
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Project Vietnam 2015 (Hanoi) aims to empower slum children living in Red River Banks, Hanoi through the use of theater. We hope to provide slum children with means to analyze problems they encounter and come up with practical solutions to deal with them through the use of theater. We are inspired by the practitioner Augusto Boal who utilised Image theatre and Forum theatre as tools to understand a social reality and be able to change it. The project also acts as a bridge to foster better mutual understanding and communication between the slum children and the community. In addition, PV15 (Hanoi) also emphasizes on youth empowerment. We hope to equip local high school students in Hanoi with necessary leadership sense and inspire local high school students in Hanoi to engage in more community services.
Time: August 3 to 17, 2015
Location: Saigon, Vietnam
The overarching theme of this project is “Individuality.” The focus of the two components of leadership and service will be used as a mean to explore the question “What does it means to truly be ourselves?” During these two weeks, we will be working with two main groups: the high school students of Vietnam and Cambodia, and the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community of Vietnam in order to answer this question, together.
For the LGBT community, a socially oppressed group, we aim to accomplish our shared mission of creating a more sympathetic society that will allow them to embrace their identity. Specifically for the LGBT participants that we’ll be interacting with, we will provide them with leadership skills, knowledge about their community, and opportunities to step up and develop a strong sense of conviction in themselves, in order for them to best contribute to the LGBT community at large. Upon embarking on this journey, we seek to listen to their stories, to widen our perspectives, and to deepen our understanding of our surroundings, as well as ourselves.
For the high school students of Cambodia and Vietnam, we strive to foster a safe environment where they can explore and discover themselves. Through multiple approaches, ranging from leadership workshops, service to the LGBT community, to one-on-one mentorship, we challenge the students to step up, to redefine themselves, and embrace their individuality. At the end of the two weeks, we hope the students will leave with a fresh sense of confidence in themselves to voice their opinions, take action for their beliefs and the understanding that they will have a vibrant community of SEALNutters behind them every step along the way.
During our journey together, each one of us will have our own answer to the question that has started it all: “What does it mean to truly be ourselves?”
Time: June 14- June 24, 2015
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Having worked in Southeast Asia and sponsored more than 40 projects in 10 years, SEALNet has successfully planted the seeds of service leadership in countless young leaders, who soon will become prominent voices as well as passionate service leaders for their communities. Recognizing this driven energy in the youth of the region, SEALNet continues the work of collaborating like-minded peers for a better service network across Southeast Asian countries.
In 2013, SEALNet developed the inaugural Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) in Singapore and provided valuable experiences and platforms for 18 participants to learn about the regional collaboration. Among those participants, 8 of them became project leaders of SEALNet Service Leadership Projects in 2014. Now, SEALNet Youth Leadership Summit 2015 seeks to continue the success of YLS13 and bring the youths of Southeast Asia together for a 10-day-long Leadership Summit, in which they can share their works, widen their perspectives, and grow as potential leaders along with their friends.
The central theme of the YLS15 is Empowerment and Friendship. We realized that in order to create a strong network of young leaders in the future, they need to develop genuine bond first. The stronger the friendship is, the stabler the network becomes. In order to foster friendship, we will create a safe space where participants will continue to explore and understand themselves first, and then share and learn from one another. It is the process of being empowered and empowering, being inspired and inspiring. We believe that Empowerment and Friendship is the powerful foundation for a strong network of future leaders who will collaborate and foster social changes.
The Summit 2015 will be a ten-day story that reinforces the central theme. The ten days will not only revolve around the three main goals: Self-development, Vision of Southeast Asia, and Project Management Skills; participants and organizers will connect these three pillars to create a story of the Summit and our journey as SEALNutters together.