The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) is an ASEAN-initiated program designed to support regional integration objectives and people-to-people connectivity through engagement of youth in volunteer opportunities that contribute to their personal development and leadership potential.
Malaysia has taken the lead in implementing the program and engaging ASEAN youth from all member states. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, supported the inaugural phase in 2013 and will continue to support the program in partnership in cooperation with the Government of Malaysia and other partners. The program provides the U.S. government an opportunity to help develop youth leaders and their desire to build expertise and support development initiatives in lesser developed ASEAN nations
In 2013, 97 volunteers recruited through a competitive process from the 10 ASEAN member states completed community service and volunteerism in four bio-diversity sites around Malaysia. Programs included community-based recycling programs, tree rehabilitation and planting initiatives, and clean-up by the beaches, river banks and in the mangrove nursery.
Following a successful first year, the expanded program will mobilize volunteers to develop innovative solutions to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges facing communities across ASEAN by building relationships, competencies and skills in leadership, building a sense of ASEAN identity and connectivity, and promoting community engagement. The program will also develop and support work in other thematic areas, such as heritage conservation and poverty reduction, priorities that were identified by the youth volunteers themselves.
The 10-month inaugural phase and the subsequent programming began in November 2013 and is being implemented by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in partnership with the Government of Malaysia’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and the ASEAN Secretariat. Follow-up actions include:
PLANNING AND DESIGN FOR LONGER TERM PROGRAM
AYVP will use the evaluation of the pilot phase of the program to identifying strengths and lessons learned to inform the longer term project approach and activities.
POSITIONING THE AYVP SECRETARIAT AS A TECHNICAL HUB
The AYVP Secretariat will position itself as an intellectual hub that can be a reference center where best practices and innovative ideas on youth volunteerism can be identified, shared and promoted and where ASEAN youth can be trained to develop professionalism.
Last updated: March 17, 2014