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Young Southeast Asian student leaders join forum at the U.S. Consulate

One hundred student leaders from eight higher education institutions joined a forum held at the U.S. Consulate General on February 27, 2015.

By Shana Kongmun
The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai hosted the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Open House: Chiang Mai Forum on Friday, February 27, 2015 with 100 student leaders from eight educational institutions including Chiang Mai University, Payap University, Mae Jo University, other higher education institutes in Chiang Mai.

U.S. Consul General Michael Heath welcomed the students to the forum and encouraged them on their endeavors.

The event started with students playing a game, interviewing people and asking questions before stopping for a group photo with U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and sponsor Charonchai Salyapong of Pepsico.
Charonchai said that as a former law professor he was very excited about this project and was looking forward to joining in. He told the Chiang Mai Mail that education was his first love having taught law for over 20 years and added that these students were the future and so he wanted to make sure they received all the encouragement possible.

The group then sat down for a welcome speech by Consul General Heath followed by a talk on the YSEALI before Charonchai, who is the Corporate Affairs Director for Pepsico Thailand spoke about the ideal graduate for corporate expectations.

The Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative was launched by President Barack Obama in 2013 to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN.

Students enjoyed taking their photo with the U.S. President.

Kids at Stratton ABC Foundation shine on Open House Day

Director and founder of the Stratton ABC Foundation with photos of their newest building.

By Shana Kongmun
John Cope and the talented kids at the Stratton ABC Foundation home welcomed visitors to their Open House on Sunday February 22, 2015 where John showed off pictures of their new classroom, as well as murals done by the students as well as many of their art works for sale along with crafts.

The students performed Tai Chi for the visitors before changing for a traditional dance performance. The Stratton ABC Foundation Children’s Home is a registered charity organization in Thailand that was founded five years ago by John Cope to provide not just education but a nurturing home environment for ten children aged between five and nineteen. In addition to family home care they attend local community schools and receive additional English language tuition. The children take part in character and skills development projects which are also made available to local community children.

More information can be found at

Tai is a talented artist but really wants to be an engineer!

Some of the art work the children have produced under the guidance of a local artist.

The kids perform Tai Chi, learned from YouTube videos!

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story] :

Young Southeast Asian student leaders join forum at the U.S. Consulate

Kids at Stratton ABC Foundation shine on Open House Day



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