About YouthLed

What is LEAD?

To help achieve its goal of developing the political leadership skills, knowledge, and attitude of promising young leaders, YouthLed is launching its first Youth Leadership Development Program — Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) Fellowship.

The Leadership and Democracy Fellowship is a two-year program specially curated for 30 youth leaders aged 18—30 from diverse backgrounds. The Fellowship will strengthen their capacity to navigate, engage, and optimize platforms for democratic governance across all levels. Beyond personal skills and knowledge, the program will seek to ground youth leadership with a deeper appreciation of democracy, democratic values, structures, and systems. This Fellowship will provide full training programs with our esteemed partner educational institutions.

There will also be access to grants, network building opportunities, and participation in all YouthLed activities and programs.

Through LEAD, the YouthLed Young Leaders will develop their capacity to navigate, engage, and optimize platforms for democratic governance through issue-based campaigns and development programs.

The YouthLed Leadership Framework

The YouthLed Leadership Framework is grounded on democratic principles that translates to the following core aspects of leadership:
Pagtugon, Pamumuno, and Pamamahagi.

Pagtugon (Responding)

  • Can articulate their response to an issue grounded on personal and collective values
  • Has a clear understanding of one’s vision for the self and others
  • Strikes a balance between stability of responsibilities and openness to changes in their work if it’s for the best interest of their constituents
  • Is willing to improve oneself in order to lead others in responding to prominent issues of the time.

Pamumuno (Leading)

  • Recognizes that they lead mainly for the people
  • Has the ability to listen and connect with their constituents
  • Has capability to anchor their actions to serve the best interests of their constituents
  • Is able to create virtual or physical platforms to provide spaces for their constituents to provide feedback and suggest ideas

Pamamahagi (Sharing)

  • Leads by example
  • Has competencies to plan, implement, and improve programs that has positive impact to a particular sector
  • Learns about developments of social and political issues fast and comes up with immediate action
  • Knowledgeable on the emerging issues globally and locally—particularly those that affect their sector/constituents

Who are we looking for?

  • A Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines
  • An emerging youth leader between 18—30 years of age
  • An active member of a private, public, civil society organization, educational institution, and community organization
  • Champions civic engagement, democratic participation, and activities for the benefit of their communities

  • Has an outstanding personal character and integrity
  • Has an outstanding record of experience and immersion with youth-related activities, youth individuals, and youth groups
  • Willing to be an active YouthLed Young Leader throughout the duration of the YouthLed program

Then this Fellowship is definitely made for you!

Why join LEAD?

Apart from making history by being part of the first long-term leadership program in the country that champions democratic values, participatory governance, and civic engagement, you will also enjoy the following benefits:

The Asia Foundation has partnered with prestigious institutions with recognized expertise in Leadership Development, Formation, Project Management, and Political Governance. YouthLed Young Leaders will also have full access to the following:

Full scholarships in the following training programs:

  1. Asian Institute of Management (AIM) – Future Bridging Leadership Program
  2. Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) – Executive Education Courses
  3. Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) – Democracy Leadership Program

Mentorship activities with Makati Business Club (MBC) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)

Application Process

Interested applicants to the 2021 Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) Fellowship will go through this process:

Application Process

FEB 1-28, 2021

Blind Review of Applications

MAR 2-5, 2021

Shortlisting of Candidates

MAR 8-10, 2021

Panel Interview & Deliberation

APR 5-23, 2021

of Results & Onboarding

APR 26-30, 2021

Start of LEAD

MAY 3, 2021

LEAD Frequently Asked Questions:

The training sessions and activities will be spread over two (2) years from May 2021 through March 2023. The YouthLed LEAD training sessions will be done in the first year, with further engagements with youth coalitions and assemblies for the second year. Considering the pandemic and restrictions, the majority of the training will be conducted online. The Asia Foundation, USAID, and YouthLed team and our partners observe health safety protocols to be able to deliver the objectives of the project without sacrificing the safety of our YouthLed Young Leaders and everyone involved.

No. The YouthLed LEAD Fellowship offers FREE training and skills development program for the selected YouthLed Young Leaders. They will also get access to grants, network building opportunities, and FULL Scholarships to training programs offered by prestigious institutions with recognized expertise in leadership development, formation, project management, and political governance.

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Ateneo School of Government (ASOG), and Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) will be working with YouthLed to deliver the capacity-building sessions in Year 1, while the Makati Business Club (MBC) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) have made their networks available for mentoring and coaching.

The schedule and curriculum of YouthLed LEAD Fellowship will be tailored-fitted to the needs of the selected YouthLed Young Leaders. We will be conducting pre-fellowship assessments and alignment meetings to discuss schedules and activities. When selected as one of the YouthLed Young Leaders, you must understand that this is an intensive program, and you are expected to fully participate in all trainings, activities, and scheduled events. You will also be asked to sign a contract stating your commitment to actively participate in the YouthLed LEAD Fellowship program.

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit the following:  

  • Duly-accomplished LEAD application form:
    Online Version | Offline Version
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Project Proposal 
  • Financial Proposal of proposed project 
  • Two (2) endorsement letters from an employer, teacher, dean/school principal/university president, verifiable mentor, etc. (Note: Endorsement letters should not come from a candidate’s family member or relative up to third degree of consanguinity.)

The applicant should be an individual (you)you and you will be the one to fill out the Application Process. However, note that you are required to submit two (2) Endorsement Letters from an employer, teacher, dean/school principal/university president, verifiable mentor, etc.

Yes. A downloadable/offline version of the application packet is available here: LEAD Application Packet

A. You can download, fill out, and submit the accomplished application packet by sending it via email: [email protected] with the subject: LEAD Fellowship Application_(YOUR FULL NAME)

B. You can download, print, and fill out the application packet and send it via courier or mailing to The Asia Foundation office. If you’re submitting your application via courier or mail, the YouthLed LEAD Secretariat must receive your complete application packet on or before March 1, 2021. Applications received after March 1, 2021 will no longer be honored so accomplishing your application the soonest is recommended.

To: The Asia Foundation (YouthLed – LEAD)
Contact Details: (02) 8722 9999
Address: Unit 2001 Greenfield Tower, Mayflower corner Williams Streets, Greenfield District, Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila 1550, Philippines

Definitely! The LEAD Fellowship is open to youth from all sectors. We welcome applications from the private sector, government, civil society, academe, arts community, etc. Citizen participation is important in a healthy democracy and working on issues and advocacies that benefit people is a part of it. If you are taking on issues that you deem important for many, you are practicing your power as a citizen of a democratic republic.

If you are a Filipino residing in the Philippines and is between 18-30 years old on or before the onboarding in May 2021, you are qualified to apply for the YouthLed LEAD Fellowship. In addition, YouthLed believes in providing equal opportunities, including emerging youth leaders from the PWD sector, indigenous peoples, LGBTQI+, and other marginalized sectors.

The Project Proposal requirement can be for existing projects that the applicant wants to scale up or add a new component. It can be for new initiatives that the applicant feels strongly about. We suggest a range of PhP50,000 to PhP250,000 as a means for us to assess project development capability and project viability.

To apply, interested candidates must be nominated or endorsed by their respective organizations and submit the following:


For those with limited internet connection, the application forms can be downloaded by clicking this link: LEAD Application Packet.

The Application Form, Project Proposal, and Financial Proposal should be accomplished by the candidate and must follow the templates linked above. If working with an organization, candidate must have secured appropriate endorsement/coordination.

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