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Applications for YSEALI Change the Current now open!

Calling all Filipino climate changemakers! Save Philippine Seas (SPS), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2022 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Change the Current (CTC)!

The YSEALI CTC seeks to empower Filipino youth, 18 to 23 years old, by developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills and leading climate change-related projects in their communities. Accepted applicants are expected to participate in the virtual training program that blends synchronous and asynchronous activities. The virtual program will cover topics on the basic science of climate change; climate change mitigation and adaptation; storytelling and visual communications; and project management.

The sessions will be held over Zoom at 1:30-3:30 PM on April 23, April 30, May 7, and May 21. The project pitching session will be held in the afternoon of May 28. During the project pitching session, participants will propose climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in their home communities. The top project ideas will receive seed funding of up to PhP25,000 and mentorship to support project implementation over the next six (6) months. An in-person culminating activity may be held at the end of 2022 or early 2023.


Aspiring participants from all academic and social backgrounds are encouraged to apply (e.g., communications, arts, social science, natural sciences, engineering, public health, law, etc.). Applicants may apply as individuals or a team of up to three members. They must exhibit a track record of leadership, volunteerism, and participation in socio-civic activities.


All YSEALI CTC applicants must:

  • Be 18-23 years old during the YSEALI CTC

  • Be able to attend the virtual component of the YSEALI CTC (1:30-3:30 PM on April 23, April 30, May 7, and May 21 and the project pitching session in the afternoon of May 28)

  • Have a strong interest in climate change, environmental conservation, environmental sustainability, volunteerism, and advocacy

  • Be a member of YSEALI. Registration is immediate and free here.

  • Be working, living, or studying in the Philippines. The project pitched must be implemented in their local community.

  • Fill out the online YSEALI CTC application form through this link (

  • Applicants may make a copy of application form via Google Docs and fill it up before filling in the online form. Please do not email a filled out copy of the Google Doc as your application form, unless there is a problem with submitting the online application form. If you are having problems accessing the online form, please inform the YSEALI CTC team via with the subject YSEALI CTC Application.

  • Join YSEALI by signing up on the website (see the “Connect with YSEALI!” column on the right) and submit a screenshot of your registration confirmation along with your YSEALI CTC application.

  • The online form has the option to upload the additional requirements at the end of the form. If you have an unstable internet connection, you may also email all requirements to Incomplete application forms will not be assessed.

  • Like the following Facebook pages: Save Philippine Seas and YSEALI Philippines

  • Follow @YSEALI and @SavePHSeas on Twitter if on Twitter

  • Follow @savephseas and @yseali_official on Instagram if on Instagram

For any questions or concerns, please read the FAQs before sending an email or message at Questions and issues addressed in the FAQs and eligibility will not be answered via email or social media channels.

Deadline for applications is at 11:59PM (GTM+8) on March 21, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.


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