iASEAN: Involvement, Inclusiveness and Innovation by ASEAN youth.

In 2018, students unite in videoconferences at universities across ASEAN for the iASEAN Youth Connect Program. They will debate some of the regions most important topics — tolerance, integration & peace; youth employment and entrepreneurship; environmental sustainability and climate change; digital citizenship and youth’s meaningful engagement in the midst of the rise of violent extremism in the ASEAN context. Students will share, analyze and develop action plans for their communities.

These videoconferences will be forums moderated by PeaceTech Inc. similar to town hall meetings. iASEAN will connect campuses in Iligan City, Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Marawi City, Philippines; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Sarawak, Malaysia; Tawi-Tawi, Philippines; and Zamboanga City, Philippines

The Thomas Jefferson Information Center (TJIC) of the US Embassy Manila and PeaceTech are program partners. Assisting will be YSEALI or the “Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative” members and alumni.

iASEAN Youth Connect is part of the TJIC initiative to provide internet for American Corner partners in Mindanao, where many youth are vulnerable to extremism.