The South Asian Youth Leaders’ Summit (SAYLS) aims to create a united South Asian platform andbuild a strong regional partnershipamong the U.S. state alumni and potential future leaders of the region to address the challenges ahead of South Asia in terms of socio-economic and socio-political perspectives and come up with ideas, mechanisms and innovative solutions for building a prosperous South Asia.
The first summit was held under the US State Department Alumni awarded AEIF project titled ‘UnitingYouth Leaders of Today and Tomorrow to Build Better South Asia’ in 2012. The theme of the project was ‘Building Prosperity’and theme of the summit was ‘Social Business’ in the aspects of Economic Opportunity and Prosperity, WomenEmpowerment, Promoting a Better Environment and Outreach towards Marginalized Communities. The US Embassy Dhaka and the American Center monitored the entire project. North South University, Dhakabeing the Venue and Academic partner.
About The South Asian Youth Leaders’ Summit 2012
The South Asian Youth Leaders’ Summit 2012 is designed to bring diverse group of participants with innovative and solution-oriented views on socio-economic challenges ahead of this region with the ideas and solutions that would work on different facets of development.
The 3- day South Asian Youth Leaders’ Summit (SAYLS 2012) will be held at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh where potential South Asian Youth leaders will participate. The expected participants (around 80, 55 local + 25 regional) of the summit will be combined of young U.S. State alumni and highly potential , creative college students of 11th and 12th grades, undergraduate and graduate students who are changing their communities across South Asia, selected through a standard application process. We are committed to select participants who will represent diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, social class, & values and traditions. Especial quotas will be reserved for female and marginalized groups from South Asia which is a distinctive approach. Delegates will engage with the brightest experts on Social Business and professionals to explore ways in which they can work more effectively together to achieve shared goals.
The SAYLS will be developed using dynamic components that will combine team work, ice breaking sessions, skills development workshops, Keynote Sessions, Networking break, plenary sessions conducted by eminent speakers of the region . SAYLS will also consist of intercultural performances to aid cultural exchange among the participants. The summit will commence by presentations on the top 10 innovative ideas among them Five Social Business Ideas will be awarded with financial grants for implementation of their project.
As youth are always regarded as the prime wheeler of sustainable development, they could make the breakthroughs, and bring groundbreaking changes in the society with their role of active citizenship. In order to boost the idea of active citizenship, the active participation in the process of developments of the society and sharing significant responsibility with the processes, the South Asian Youth Society (SAYS)has been formulated. The SAYS envisions to ensure sustainable peace and prosperity in South Asia by Empowering the South Asian Youth.Since its inception back in 2009, it reached out to more than hundred top academic institutions including the universities, colleges and Madrasahs, to raiseawareness on various youth related issues, implementing action projects on youth issues and now it is recognized as one of the leading youth platform for youth empowerment activities in South Asia. Meanwhile, the friendship among the South Asian students and specially the US State Alumni of these countries has strengthened the need for common platform for idea sharing, exchanges of experiences and focusing on the contributions of the youth in the course sustainable development. This background has reinforced South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) to take even further steps for youth empowerment of the region.
Goals and objectives of the project:
*To create a united platform of state alumni and youth leaders of South Asia.
*To create an active network among the south Asian youth leaders.
*To contribute to mutual trust, understanding and acknowledgement of one another’s problems.
*To promote active alliance and mutual assistance in the economic, social, cultural, technical and scientific fields.
*To initiate dialogue to question stereotypes, create local networks and collaborate.
*To nurture an Eco-system for youth-led development.
*To build skills in areas not easily nurtured locally.
*To share success stories and celebrate youth achievement.
*To interact with thought leaders and develop solutions to pertinent socio-economic issues.
*To implement actionable projects and agenda that will add value in the society addressing main problems.
*To create an action plan with concrete steps aligning with future project goals.
Social Business:A social business is a non-loss, Non-dividend Company designed to address a social objective within the highly regulated marketplace of today.
Two different types of social businesses are proposed:
A Type I social business focuses on providing a product and/or service with a specific social, ethical or environmental goal. A prominent example is Grameen Danone.
A Type II social business is a profit-oriented business that is owned by the poor or other underprivileged parts of the society, who can gain through receiving direct dividends or by indirect benefits. Grameen Bank, being owned by the poor, is the prime example of this type.
Seven Principles of Social Business:
*Business objective will be to overcome poverty, or one or more problems (such as education, health, technology access, and environment) which threaten people and society; not profit maximization
*Financial and economic sustainability
*Investors get back their investment amount only. No dividend is given beyond investment money
*When investment amount is paid back, company profit stays with the company for expansion and improvement
*Workforce gets market wage with better working conditions
*...do it with joy
Who Can Apply?
U.S. State alumni and highly potential, creative college students of 11th and 12th grades, undergraduate and graduate students who are changing their communities across South Asia. We are committed to select participants who will represent diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, social class, & values and traditions. Especial quotas will be reserved for female and marginalized groups from South Asia which is a distinctive approach.
Each applicant will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Leadership quality, community engagement and interest
Feasible and innovative Social Business plan
Passion to work for sustainable peace and prosperity of South Asia
How to Apply:
Not Applicable at this moment.
Not Applicable at this moment.