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. 

small self


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.

The inaugural launch of AYC in Singapore

8 August 2018



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

Leadership Coach

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

the region.

H.E. Dathalineth Mam

Political Adviser

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!

Andrew Parker

Economic Adviser

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

Legal Adviser

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 

entrepreneurial approach 

in youth organizing and empowerment

Join our network of enablers

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