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AJYELN 2024 Recruitment

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2024 AJYELN Applications Now Open!

Are you ready to embark on a journey with us?
We are on the lookout for young individuals to champion this year’s project theme: “Empowering the youth in tackling marine plastic waste in ASEAN and Japan”.

Who we’re seeking: 

• A team of 2-4 members aged between 15-18 years, with an appointed supervisor 
• Originate from and reside in ASEAN member states or Japan 
• Possess proficiency in conversational English 
• Exhibit a strong interest or background in environmental and social engagement work 

Why Join Us? 

  • Receive seed money to realize your dream project! 
  • Connect with like-minded individuals on an international scale. 
  • Receive guidance from designated mentors for each team. 
     ・Enhance your leadership and management skills through professional training.

Key Dates: 

Application Start: 15th January 2024
Application Deadline: 15th March 2024 

How to Apply: 

Register via link:

Complete your application and don’t forget to submit all required documents!  

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! Apply now and let your journey with AJYELN begin. #JoinUs #ApplyNow #AJC #AJYELN 

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is the ASEAN-Japan Young Environmental Leaders Network?

The ASEAN-Japan Young Environmental Leaders Network (AJYELN) is a
network of young regional champions in combating the plastic pollution crisis
selected from the 10 ASEAN Member States and Japan. Organized by the ASEANJapan Centre, the network promotes youth-led solutions to the plastic pollution
issue in the region.

To reaffirm our commitment to alleviating the plastic pollution crisis, this year, the
ASEAN-Japan Centre has opened its recruitment for the next batch of fellows in the
2024 ASEAN-Japan Young Environmental Leaders Network (AJYELN). This is a
golden opportunity for young people aged 15-18 in ASEAN and Japan to turn their
ideas to tackle plastic pollution into reality.

Eleven (11) teams from the 10 ASEAN countries and Japan
(one from each country) will each receive seed money to implement their innovative
projects. The champions will receive hands-on training in leadership and project
management, in addition to opportunities to network with regional peers and

Through this program, we hope to nurture a generation of changemakers in ASEAN
and Japan who will create a world uncontaminated by plastic pollutants.

What is the theme of the projects for 2024?

“Empowering the youth in tackling marine plastic waste in ASEAN and Japan”

Who can apply to become a member of AJYELN?

Passionate and innovative teams (max. of 4 members) aged 15-18
years who meet the following criteria:

  • A team of 2-4 members aged between 15-18 years, with an appointed supervisor
  • Originate from and reside in ASEAN member states or Japan
  • Possess proficiency in conversational English
  • Exhibit a strong interest or background in environmental and social engagement

What are the benefits of becoming a member of AJYELN?

Successful applicants will be awarded a seed money to implement a project
addressing the plastic pollution issue in their respective communities. They will also
have the opportunities to connect with young leaders in the region and receive
training in leadership and project management, as well as mentorship throughout
the implementation of their projects.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants are requested to submit the following in English through the online
application form:

  1. Group Information (including the prospective school advisor’s name)
  2. Team profile – highlighting commitment, past environment-related activities
  3. Project Proposal
  4. 1-minute video (Group introduction, outlining your approach to addressing the
    problem in your community through the proposed project, in MP4 format with a
    16:9 aspect ratio). Upload in Youtube, set it to Public view and share the link in
    the form.

    The proposed project should be centered on community-driven efforts and incorporate
    at least one of the following aspects:
  • Community Impact: Your project should actively contribute to improving the
    well-being of both people and the environment.
  • Awareness Campaigns: Contribute to raising awareness about
    environmental issues and promoting sustainable practices.
  • Capacity Building or Networking: Foster community capacity building to
    drive action on environmental concerns.

What are the selection criteria?

One team from each ASEAN country and Japan will be selected based
on the following criteria (100 points in total):

・Motivation & Experience – 30%
・Project feasibility – 20%
・Creating a significant impact – 30%
・Creativity and innovation – 20%

What is the timeline of the program:
  • 15th January 2024: Application start
  • 20th January: Information session – Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam
  • 27th January: Information session – Malaysia, Myanmar
  • 10th February: Information session – Japan, Laos
  • 17th February: Information session – Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore
  • 15th March: Application deadline
  • 16th March: 1st AJYELN Symposium
  • Mid April: Announcement of shortlisted applicants for interview
  • End April: Interview
  • Early May: Announcement of final selection
  • June-Aug 2024: Leadership and project management training
  • September-December 2024: Implementation of the projects
  • January 2025: Completion and submission of financial and impact reports
  • March 2025: Participation in the 2nd AJYELN Symposium

If selected, is it necessary to commit to the program requirements and activities?

Yes, all selected applicants will be expected to complete the program requirements and
commit to the timeline of the program.

How to apply?

Register via:

Who to contact?

Research and Policy Advocacy
ASEAN-Japan Centre

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