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
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
The Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative was launched by President
Barack Obama in 2013 to strengthen leadership development and networking
Students enjoyed taking their photo with the
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
More information can be found at
Tai is a talented artist but really wants to be
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!