THE AYC STORY
We are the micro-narratives of Asean youth weaved together, sharing how we expand from a small-self to a big-self.
We discover our common needs, aspirations, and insights on how we can achieve sustainable development in our Asean community, starting from our local contexts.
BEYOND GOOD INTENTIONS
We reflect on the stories of asean youth taking steps to expand from the limitations of personal values and world-views (our small–self), to a greater appreciation of diversity and desire to empathise beyond our own realities (our big–self).
As we expand our sphere of self, we soon realise the complexity in delivering impact and how good intentions are not enough. Then, we begin to gain a deeper understanding of development: Defining complex problems, going through cycles of experimentations, and the persistent bias for inclusivity required to bridge societal gaps to achieve sustainable development.
AYC is about co-creating an ecosystem that empowers asean youth to have GRIT: constantly learning, unlearning, and relearning to collaborate creatively at doing good beyond good intentions.
AYC was introduced to
the public by our first enablers who believe in our BIG IDEA for youth empowerment in the region.
AYC is a program of the Character and Leadership Academy (CLA) with FutuReady Asia, as an initiative for the 2018 Singapore ASEAN chairship.
This program is powered by the National Youth Council - Singapore.
Workshops were conducted during the day with ASEAN youth delegates to weave the AYC story together, and co-create a team strategy on how to design and implement the AseanReady model in each country.
AYC offers an entrepreneurial mindset to generate long-term value (ability, growth, and purpose) for youth as we bridge divides in society beyond good intentions.
The team behind AYC is committed to raise the bar in youth empowerment
Wouter Lincklaen Arriëns
I think this initiative leads to a
tremendous opportunity to grow more leaders in ASEAN. Leadership can be developed at a young age, and there is a need for ASEAN youth to bridge social divides
with an interest to drive sustainability and
H.E. Dathalineth Mam
This community inspires me
as it provides an opportunity
to empower youth and give a deeper understanding about ASEAN and its role in our society.
I encourage all of youth to engage in AYC activities and share diverse ideas. Don’t hesitate to make a move and be AseanReady!
I see how AYC pushes the boundaries of youth empowerment beyond advocacy to a full-life experience that encompasses personal skills, leadership growth, and community impact for sustainable growth
Hon. Kaye Revil
Most youth programs are about raising awareness or teaming up for community projects, but we see how these initiatives tend to be short-lived. I find that AYC addresses this through its
in youth organizing and empowerment
We believe that the vision for youth to be partners for sustainable growth is an interest shared by everyone
We invite you to have co-ownership
of this initiative and enable us to
make it possible