Allysia Shafira of Indonesia said she found the fellowship to be of great personal value.

"To be in the USA and especially (at) ASU with the most talented people around me, I call it … a huge privilege and massive blessing," Shafira said. “Here I … not only learned about civic engagement, but also (the) necessary skills to build my community and get inspired by the work ethic of the community here in the United States, especially in Arizona."

Grant Lu of the Philippines said the experience was “truly indescribable.” Words will never be able to tell how much he learned, he said.

“Aside from the best speakers who gave us theoretical to evidence-based lectures, what I appreciate the most (are) our civic exposures and street experiences, where we met people from varying walks of life,” Lu said. “Some are kind, while others are a bit challenged, but all are unconditionally understood. This is an opportunity to share for a lifetime.”

A new cohort of YSAELI Fellows is due to arrive at ASU April 1.

Mark J. Scarp

Media Relations Officer, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions