ASEAN Young Leaders Programme

A leadership development programme that brings together young leaders age 18–25 years from across the ASEAN region and all walks of life onto a common platform

Launched in 2018, during Singapore's Chairmanship of the ASEAN, the Common Purpose - ASEAN Young Leaders programme is a leadership development programme that brings together young leaders age 18–25 years from across the ASEAN region and all walks of life onto a common platform. The programme aims to equip them with the networks and cultural intelligence needed to work across different cultures.

Rakesh Khurana, Dean, Harvard College

“In our ever more complex and interconnected world which has no obvious historical parallel, Common Purpose has developed a breakthrough idea about the importance of Cultural Intelligence in order to navigate both this new world and its contradictions. It has important implications and raises questions about our current systems for those of us involved in educating and developing our future global citizens.”

How does the Common Purpose - ASEAN Young Leaders Programme work?

On the programme, you will explore a real life Challenge and have the opportunity to interact with inspiring leaders in the ASEAN, from across business, industry, government and the social sector. You will use the collective knowledge gained from these experiences to come up with innovative ideas in response to the Challenge.

In 2020, the Challenge is “How can the youths of ASEAN strengthen regional identity & cooperation?”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the programme will be fully online.

NYC was set up by the Singapore Government on 1 November 1989 as the national co-ordinating body for youth affairs in Singapore and the focal point of international youth affairs.

On 1 January 2015, NYC began its operations as an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and housed two key institutions: Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) and Youth Corps Singapore. Together, the agency will drive youth development and broaden outreach to young Singaporeans and youth sector organisations.

Lee Quan Sheng, ITE College Central

“I learnt how to face problems in the world, how we can deal with it by inventing solutions, how to plan the situation that we are trying to solve, and falling in love with the problems.”

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Why join?
  • Generate game-changing ideas for ASEAN’s future
  • Learn about leadership, innovation and driving change
  • Develop a network of driven and engaged young leaders who will help take ASEAN towards the future
  • Be part of the global Common Purpose alumni network to continue your leadership journey
Who you will meet?

The ASEAN Young Leaders programme gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with a group of senior leaders from different sectors, cultures and backgrounds.

On previous programmes, young leaders met game changers from:

  • DBS Bank
  • Facebook
  • SAP
  • Unilever
  • 100 Resilient Cities Asia Pacific
  • Architects of Life
  • Centre for Liveable Cities
  • Yale-NUS College
  • Viddsee

Do join in this year to find out which organizations you will have an opportunity to learn from! 

Who can apply?

ASEAN youth aged 18-25 years who see themselves as future leaders and want to have an impact on the ASEAN region.

When and where?

22-25 September 2020

Half day sessions will run over the course of 4 days whereby participants will get the opportunity to explore the Challenge real time and learn about leadership, innovation and driving change.

How much?

The programme is FREE for all participants. 

For more information:

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