Biji-Biji Initiative and Me.reka partners with U.S Embassy to relaunch digital boot camp

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Social enterprise, Biji-biji Initiative and its education arm, Me.reka has partnered with the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to relaunch applications for a digital second phase of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Boot Camp 2020 which will be held during September 2020.

To help ensure the health and safety of all participants, the YSEALI Boot Camp team has developed a virtual approach using digital media to bring the same content and opportunities.

The Boot Camp seeks to ‘Spark National Civic Engagement’ through digital action by welcoming potential changemakers and equipping them with a growth mindset and a civic action toolkit.

Individuals will still be able to apply in teams of two to four to attend what will now be a three week-long virtual Boot Camp on civic engagement and leadership, taking place in the month of September. Industry pioneers and leaders well versed in civic engagement will run a series of digital lessons to equip young leaders with the know-how to launch their own civic engagement campaigns.

Over the course of three weeks, the social enterprise will release various webinars, virtual classroom sessions, educational and informative videos, and articles to ensure participants receive a plethora of avenues to acquire the intended knowledge. Civil society leaders and industry experts within the fields of civic engagement, communications, leadership, and future technology have been onboarded to provide the content for the program.

“YSEALI’s youthful leaders are resilient and I strongly believe they will adapt and overcome any given circumstances. As evidenced by the success of prior Boot Camps, we felt it was only right to continue the momentum and relaunch a virtual conference-style experience. These sessions will encompass a variety of digital tools and media to focus on helping local community leaders to plan, launch and support well-rounded civic engagement campaigns,” said Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, Biji-biji Initiative co-founding partner and chief executive officer of Me.reka.

Applicants are not required to have participated in Phase 1 to apply for Phase 2. From a pool of 10 teams (up to 40 participants), five promising teams will be chosen by the end of Phase 2 to receive seed funding of RM 6,000 each, technological development, and 3-months’ mentorship to help launch their campaigns.

A limited number of applicants will be chosen for Phase 2 of the Boot Camps and will be given access to various learning and networking opportunities, enabling them to take their civic leadership from the community level to an international platform.

Interested applicants can sign up at



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