The aim of this program is to advance dialogue and mutual understanding between Americans and Filipinos and between Muslim and non-Muslim youth from Mindanao, leading to the cooperative implementation of service projects in Mindanao. The applicant should propose a detailed plan to recruit and competitively select 24-27 teenagers and 4-5 adults from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and surrounding areas to participate in the program. Both the youth and adult contingents should represent the diversity of the region.
All ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are eligible for this Youth Leadership Program though not all may send participants. Eligible countries are: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.