Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

Trilateral Youth Empowerment

Program Objective

The Trilateral Youth Empowerment Program, as part of the Maureen Mansfield Women’s Empowerment Series, aims to build more inclusive democracies in Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the United States (U.S.). by amplifying youth voices in the policy decision-making process, and empowering young women from these three countries to take a more active role in politics. The program provides a space for college-age women (ages 18-24) to develop their skills and ideas by working with their peers and established experts on current public policy challenges. During the program, participants will also develop intergenerational partnerships through cooperation with their mentors.

Program Timeline

The cohort will participate in virtual and in-person discussions and workshops that will cover a variety of fields including climate change, economics, security, and social issues. Participants will be divided into five three-person groups based on their topics of interest. Working with an experienced mentor, each team will collaborate for 9 months to generate policy recommendations and action plans to address their chosen public policy issue. This collaborative product will be presented to Congressional staff on Capitol Hill during a 5-day, in-person capstone meeting in Washington DC. The tentative schedule is

  • End of January or early February 2023: Virtual Orientation
  • February 2023: Virtual Workshop / Virtual Mentor Check-In
  • March 2023: Virtual Workshop
  • April 2023: Virtual Workshop / Virtual Mentor Check-In
  • May 2023: Virtual Workshop
  • June 2023: Virtual Workshop / Virtual Mentor Check-In
  • July 2023: Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation
  • August 2023: In-Person 5-day Capstone Meeting in DC

Each virtual workshop will be between 60-90 minutes. If needed, participants will also attend a small group meeting before the in-person DC capstone meeting to make final preparations.

Application and Selection (applications for this program closed on January 23, 2023)

See the application announcement page here.

Applications for this program will close on January 23, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and applicants who were selected in the first round will be contacted separately to submit a short video for the final stage of the selection process. Finalists will be announced on February 10, 2023.  The Mansfield Foundation will select up to five representatives each from Japan, South Korea, and the United States for a total of fifteen participants. For further information, please contact Associate Director of Programs Ari Lee at

This program is administered by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation with funding provided by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo through an open grant competition award.