Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Studies Program

 

 

Consortium Partners

A consortium of partners lead by American Councils collaborates with Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs-US Department of States and U.S. Embassies, select students and provide full scholarships. High school students from 40 countries will be placed with American host families and spend an academic year in the United States.  The YES program encourages the exchange of ideas, values, and experiences among young people and leads to greater cultural awareness and appreciation, exposing these young scholars to the principles of democracy, free market economy, civil society, and community service.  Enrichment activities are a major component of the program and will include community service, a youth leadership training summit, civics education, negotiation training, diversity training, and other activities to give students a well-rounded view of the U.S. culture and values.  The goal of this program is to engage participating youth, their teachers and classmates, and community leaders in an exchange effort that will promote increased understanding and tolerance between our peoples.

Placement Organizations

ACES, AFS-USA, AIFS/AYA, American Councils, ASSE, AYUSA International, CCI, CIEE, IRIS, PAX, World Link, YFU, FLAG and NWS)

  

 

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ACES

American Cultural Exchange Service (ACES) is a YES family member since 2007.  ACES provides high quality international educational, cultural, and sports exchange programs to individuals to promote global understanding, establish friendships and encourage world peace.

 

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AFS-USA

AFS is a worldwide non profit organization that is a leader in international high school exchange for more than 60 years.

 

 

 

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AIFS/AYA

The Academic Year in America program (AYA), established in 1981, is conducted under the auspices of the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS).  The Foundation is a not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1967 with the assistance of the late Robert F. Kennedy.  Its mission is to promote worldwide understanding through cross-cultural exchange.

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American Councils

American Councils for International Education, an international not-for-profit organization founded in 1974, has placed students since 2001.  American Councils’ placement office works solely with high school students participating on merit-based scholarship programs.

 

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ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

ASSE’s mission is to foster international understanding through educational and cross cultural programs.  ASSE is involved in placing YES students since the program's beginning.

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AYUSA International

AYUSA Global Youth Exchange's programs cater to a variety of participants while sharing the common mission of creating the next generation of global leaders and world citizens.

 

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CCI

The Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) is a non-profit international and educational exchange organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness, and world peace. CCI is the only U.S.-based cultural exchange organization to adopt a fully fledged environmental and social initiative called Greenheart.

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CIEE

Since 1947, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), pursues its mission, "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world."

 

 

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IRIS

Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) is a nonprofit organization located in Iowa that promotes international understanding and peace by bringing students, journalists, business people, educators and government leaders to Iowa from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.

 

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PAX

Program of Academic Exchange (PAX) is a non-profit educational organization that promotes and arranges international student exchange to foster positive development of the world's young people and to support international peace, friendship and cross-cultural understanding.

 

 

 

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World Link

World Link, Inc. is dedicated to youth development and cultural exchange around the world.

 

 

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YFU

Youth For Understanding (YFU) has programs in 64 countries. Since 1951, YFU exemplified excellence in global exchange. To date, 250,000 teenagers ages 15 to 18 and their host families benefited from YFU summer, semester, or academic year exchanges.

 

 

FLAG

Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG) promotes global understanding through exchanges, home stays, and travel. Its programs are designed to develop personal growth, interpersonal communication skills, intercultural awareness, and academic advancement.

FLAG programs are small by deign in order to establish a “personal touch” approach to all of its intercultural programs.

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NWS

NW Services PEACE Program works towards promoting world peace through an international high school exchange program that gives people a cross-cultural learning opportunity. This program allows international students to attend school in the United States for one semester or academic year. This experience enhances their language skills and gives them understanding of their own culture and that of their host country. Students live with volunteer host families who are carefully screened. Intercultural training and support are given to the students and host families before and during the program.

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 Recruitment Organizations

 

 

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AFS-USA

AFS is a worldwide nonprofit organization that is a leader in international high school exchange for more than 60 years.

 

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American Councils

American Councils for International Education, an international not-for-profit organization founded in 1974, has placed students since 2001.  American Councils’ placement office works solely with high school students participating on merit-based scholarship programs.

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AMIDEAST

America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST) is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.

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iEARN

International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies.

   

 

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IRIS

Iowa Resource for International Service(IRIS) is a nonprofit organization located in Iowa that promotes international understanding and peace by bringing students, journalists, business people, educators and government leaders to Iowa from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.

 

 

Other Partners

  

 

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Mobility International

MI-USA fosters successful experiences for high school students with disabilities participating in the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program to study abroad at high schools throughout the U.S. Students learn how to address challenges related to accessibility and inclusion during their school year and also reflect on their disability-related experiences in the U.S.

 

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