Previously known as Asia Society’s Public Service Award (PSA), the Asia 21 Action Lab is a collaborative project funding that seeks to collectively engage the current class of Asia 21 Young Leaders into doing public service work by partnering with an organization from within the Asia 21 network. The Asia 21 Action Lab is open to organizations founded, and/or actively being managed or operated by any Asia 21 alumni.
The 2016 Class will identify and select an organization as a partner whose work benefits underprivileged social and economic groups, communities, and the wider public in the Asia Pacific region. This is keeping up with the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative's core belief in public service and values-based leadership. The 2016 Class will actively engage with the selected organization with a partnership throughout their year-long fellowship period to produce tangible outcomes and to help scale the impact of their work. The Asia 21 Action Lab comes with US$10,000 funding, generously supported by Ek Disha Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit founded by Asia 21 alumnus Rick Pal that funds, mentors, and supports high impact humanitarian projects.