Sustainable Development Goals on Asean Youth Initiative Conference 2016 – Nurhildayati’s Story

Asean Youth Initiative Conference (AYIC). This very first conference made by the students of Padjajaran University brought me to go deeply into some issues of ASEAN especially my country, Indonesia. This event was held in UNPAD Training Centre, Bandung for … Continue reading

Pre-Service English Teacher EPIC Camp 2017 -Deadline November 15, 2016

What is Pre-Service English Teacher EPIC Camp? This camp is for selected talented 4th year university students who will be future teacher of English. In an engaging, interactive format with expert teachers and American professionals, selected participants will explore innovative … Continue reading

Open Registration – MITRA Mentoring Program 2016

Gambaran Umum

Project MITRA Mentoring merupakan program bimbingan atau asistensi kepada para calon pelamar program kepemudaan, pertukaran pelajar dan beasiswa dengan sasaran project adalah mahasiswa atau orang muda Indonesia Timur yang akan dilaksanakan selama 3 bulan sejak Januari sampai dengan Maret 2017.

Ruang Lingkup

Adapun ruang lingkup program dalam MITRA Mentoring terdiri dari:

1.Pra-mentoring (Sosialisasi)

  • Survei Awal Program
  • Undangan Kolaborasi dengan Pemuda/i ASEAN
  • Pembukaan Registrasi Online
  • Seminar bersama para mentor dan mantee
  • Pembukaan Registrasi Offline

2.Mentoring (Implementasi)

Bimbingan program beasiswa, pertukaran pemuda dan pengembangan diri.

Program beasiswa yang akan dibimbing terdiri dari:

  • Karya Salemba Empat (KSE)
  • Van Deventer Maas-Stichting (VDMS)
  • Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP)
  • Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS)
  • Indonesian Arts and culture Scholarship (IACS) dan
  • Summer School for Applied Math;

Program pertukaran pemuda yang akan dibimbing mencakup:

  • Pertukaran Pemuda Antar Negara (PPAN) dari Kementerian Pemuda dan Olahraga
  • Kapal Pemuda Nusantara (KPN)
  • Young Leaders for Indonesia (YLI)
  • YSEALI Academic Fellowship Program
  • Camp EPIC dari US Embassy
  • Indonesia Australia Pastoral Student Program (IAPSP);

Program pengembangan diri yang akan dibimbing mencakup:

  • Bimbingan Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) dan
  • Debat Bahasa Inggris.

3.Post-mentoring (Pembuatan buku dan kaset Mentoring)

Adapun kuota mentee yang akan dibimbing sangat terbatas dengan mempertimbangkan keefektifan dalam bimbingan. Sebagai bentuk kompensasinya, salah satu output dari program ini adalah pembuatan buku dari bahan daur ulang (environment friendly) dan pembuatan kaset MITRA Mentoring yang berisikan langkah – langkah pengisian formulir dan kumpulan contoh essai untuk masing – masing program, bonus informasi program kepemudaan lainnya yang tidak terimplementasi dalam program mentoring (Model United Nation (MUN), Asia Pacific Week (APW), ASEAN Youth Initiative Conference (AYIC), Be a Young Leader on Disaster (Beyond) ASEAN, bonus tips mendaftar berbagai program lain oleh peserta YSEALI dari berbagai negara di ASEAN dan link – link program kepemudaan yang tidak terimplementasi dalam program mentoring. Buku dan kaset MITRA Mentoring akan diperbanyak untuk dipergunakan oleh pemuda/i yang tidak berkesempatan bergabung dalam program mentoring.

Keunggulan dari MITRA Mentoring ini adalah dibimbing langsung oleh mentor MITRA dan mentor tamu dari Negara ASEAN lainnya yang dapat dilaksanakan via online maupun face to face, serta fleksibel. Sasaran dari program ini adalah para mahasiswa dan pemuda di kawasan Indonesia Timur.

Syarat pendaftar: Pemuda/i (Mahasiswa dan Sarjana dari semua bidang keilmuan) dari Kawasan Indonesia Timur (Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Papua, dan Maluku).

Link Pendaftaran : click di sini

Deadline Pendaftaran : 14 Desember 2016

Jangan lewatkan kesempatan berharga untuk mendapatkan bimbingan langsung tentang program-program Beasiswa, Pertukaran Pelajar, dan Pengembangan Diri secara gratis dari mentor-mentor MITRA dan mentor tamu dari negara-negara ASEAN lainnya yang tergabung dalam Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative.



A Brief Summary of My Journey with YSEALI Academic Fellowship-Fall Program 2016 – Albert Soewongsono

Being a representative from Eastern Indonesia in this year’s YSEALI Academic Fellowship was such an amazing experience. But I intend to make sure that this experience will not just be a benefit for myself, but also for my communities back at home. This five-week program of learning and seeing new things has taught me to be more equipped on how to realize what I can do for others. I was so blessed to able to learn about America’s social movements from the amazing teachers at the Northern Illinois University. Coming from a scientific studies background, I had only a little knowledge about the U.S. past social movements, but like a wise man once said: It’s never too late to learn new things; Indeed, I have been so inspired about influential figures in the civil rights movements, such as Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and Congressman John Lewis led people to fight for shared goals. At the end, what all of those leaders had accomplished made them become a part of history. During our study tour to places in the South, such as to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, we visited museums, parks, sculptures, and other historical places dedicated to these great people. These statues symbolized how the current generations remembered and commemorated the result from their works for communities. These legacies have had profound impacts on the U.S. for example, the Selma-Montgomery march in 1965 led to the freedom of vote for colored people in the U.S. to Sit-ins action and bus boycott leading by the freedom riders to end the segregation among white and colored people in the state.

My five-week journey in the U.S. was not only about learning about what had happened in the past, but also about learning from fellow delegates and seeing how things work here. I do hope that these thoughts that I am going to share with you can influence you to be a leading agent in your own communities.


Watching an American Football Match at the University Stadium


Takin A Selfie Picture with Our American Ambassador After Lunch


Group Photo After Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Sycamore, Illinois


Taking Photo with the Director of Northern Illinois University during the Closing Ceremony


Lessons to be brought back to Indonesia

Apart from things that I have mentioned before, I want to look back on few positive things that I think can be implemented in my country, especially to my hometown.

1. Access for people with disabilities

Disability rights were one of our lecture sessions we learned at the university. On this lecture, we were taught about the rights for people with disabilities, how they view the world and non-disability people view them as well as how the surrounding environment be adjusted for them. The concept of Universal Design is a concept of creating an environment that not only matches with people with disabilities, but also with non-disability people. The university where we studied is a disabled-friendly building as can be seen by its facilities for disabled people. During our trip in Chicago, we visited a non-profit organization, called Access Living which works to equip people with disabilities with skills to overcome social barriers in their lives. In addition, they had applied the concept of universal design in their office building. In Asia, providing proper access for people with disabilities is still a major problem. For instance, we rarely see people with wheelchair or other related equipment accessing different places here. In contrast, I observed there,- was that people with disabilities wanted to be viewed as normal people and they also can do things like what normal people do, but again, proper facilities are needed.


After the Group Tour at Access Living, Chicago


This Photo Shows that Mentally-Disabled People Can Also Be Productive like Normal People (Opportunity House, Sycamore)

2. Appreciation to nation’s history

I think, American people really appreciate their nation’s historical figures based on how they preserved the history. When we traveled to places in the South, such as Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, we saw how museums there are not a boring place. The exhibits are beautifully and creatively displayed to engage visitors. One day in Birmingham, we were walking around 16th Baptist Church and Dr. King’s park where we came across with a guy who suddenly approached us and started telling us a story about events happened on that area in the past. I think, if we didn’t cut the conversation, that guy would keep telling us story for a long time. He earns money by doing that, and what makes me mesmerized was, he really knew about the history in a great detail. One of the benefits of preserving history is, it can boost tourism. For example, when I was in D.C, I saw tons of visitors taking photos or relaxing in places like Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, or around Smithsonian Museums. In each of those places, souvenir shops are available for visitors that want to buy authentic goods from those places. To be more emphasized, in the city centre, buildings like President Lincoln’s assassination site and the house where he died are still preserved up until now.


One of the Popular Tourist Spots in D.C. : Lincoln Memorial


Another Example on How This Nation Appreciates its Past Leaders: Jefferson Memorial


Dr. King’s Giant Sculpture in Washington D.C.


Replica of President Lincoln and His Family Being Displayed in Lincoln’s Presidential Musum in Springfield, Illinois


The Statue of President Roosevelt and His Dog

To conclude this story, I intend to say that this 5-week program has taught me with lots of new things and experience. In the next few weeks with my organization, MITRA, we will launch our mentoring program to provide direct access for young people in Eastern Indonesia about youth opportunities, such as scholarships, soft-skill developments, and exchange opportunities. Like most people already know, creating impacts must start from your own communities. (MITRA Mentoring’s Facebook Page:

P.S. Further references about YSEALI can be found through these links: