State Department Exchange Students Improve Their Communities Through Social Media

Our U.S. Department of State high-school exchange students are some of the best and brightest from countries around the world. Through programs like the American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange  (A-SMYLE), Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES), the U.S. Department of State brings nearly 2,000 future leaders to live with host families and study in American high schools across the United States.

This year, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is doing more to help these amazing young people in our Youth Exchange Programs make lasting connections while they’re here in the United States and equip them with skills that they can use to make positive changes in their own communities and beyond. MORE

Happy 10th Anniversary Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program

About the Author: Ann Stock serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Today, more than 6,000 alumni from 45 countries in every region of the world are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program and paying tribute to the program’s founders: the late Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Richard Lugar. Their vision in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks in the United States was to build bridges between Americans and young people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Now in its tenth year, that’s exactly what American and international students are doing through the YES and YES Abroad programs. 

The YES program provides scholarships to almost 900 young people… more »

Pakistani students play soccer at a field in Islamabad, Pakistan, Dec. 20, 2010. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Alberto Rodriguez serves as Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Over 35 students and their parents gathered April 17, 2011, at the National Library to kick off their pre-departure orientation for the U.S. government funded 2010-11 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. This is the ninth group of YES students from Pakistan to go to the United States. This orientation program, which is organized by the iEARN Society for International Education, plays a key role in preparing students with the required skills, attitude, and knowledge to spend a successful year in the United States.

"I am excited to see these outstanding students go to the United States," said Cultural Attache Brent Beemer. "They will be studying in U.S. schools, living with American families, and becoming part… more »