RMIT Vietnam student To Ha Ta has gone from a former participant to an organiser at the second Youth Leadership Summit (YLS).
The event is run by Southeast Asian Service and Leadership Network (SEALNet), an NPO committed to fostering youth leadership in South East Asia.
Ha Ta’s involvement with the summit goes back to 2013, when she first successfully applied for the inaugural YLS13.
This year, the Bachelor of Commerce student was one of eight event organisers.
Ha Ta said the summit is about bringing prominent youth leaders together to equip them with information, knowledge, project management and leadership skills.
“Participants also take part in personal development and network building activities, building skills that could support their future endeavours, specifically their upcoming SEALNet summer projects in 2016,” she said.
And the support extends past the summit, according to Ha Ta.
“SEALNet is with its members every step of the way, providing continuous support for members when they return to their home country,” she said.
“Last year, two of our members, Tran Thi Bao Tran from Amherst College and Chhum Maro from University of Health Sciences Cambodia, set up Project Vietnam 2014.
“SEALNet provided support with two professional mentors preparing, running, and post-evaluating their program.”
The central theme of this year’s summit was empowerment and friendship, with the aim to provide a foundation for a strong network of future leaders who will collaborate and foster social changes.
The summit, which was held in mid June at RMIT Vietnam Hanoi, saw 18 participants out of 500 applicants from across South East Asia and other regions.