The Kennedy‐Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established in October, 2002. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. exchange community, recognized the importance of youth exchange as a key component to building bridges between Citizens of the U.S. and countries around the world, particularly those with significant Muslim populations.
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to study for one academic year in the U.S. YES students serve as “youth ambassadors” of their home country, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities. Participants live with a host family, attend an American high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values; they also help educate Americans about their home country and culture.
Kennedy-Lugar YES scholarships cover all major expenses, including airfare, room and board, health insurance, pocket money and education supplies.
The program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation. Learn more.
To be eligible to participate in the YES program, student must:
Kennedy-Lugar YES Program
PO BOX 11-2190
Beirut 1107 2100
There are multiple rounds to the YES application and selection process. All applicants are required to take an English proficiency exam, write a proctored essay, complete a YES program application, and participate in group and individual in‐person interviews. All finalists are selected on the basis of merit.
The program can support students with disabilities and encourages their participation. The Department of State and the YES program work with Mobility International (MIUSA) to provide students with disabilities leadership--‐building workshops, appropriate information and support as needed to enhance their year in America. Students with disabilities must also meet the above eligibility requirements.
YES Program Specialist:
Ms. Leen Al Yaman
Bazerkan Building (Next to the Parliament), Nijmeh Square, Beirut Central District, Beirut
PO Box 11-2190 Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2100
961-1-989901 ext 163
|Office Hours:||Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; |
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
YES in the Media:
Since 2003 when the YES program was launched, 370 alumni from all regions in Lebanon have participated in the YES program. They come from public and private schools – from all the diverse regions and communities present in Lebanon – and go on to pursue very diverse fields of study. Yet they remain united by their YES experience in the USA, their love of sharing those experiences with other Lebanese, and their commitment to serving their country upon their return.
Each year YES alumni in Lebanon plan and implement a variety of programs, including community service projects, training workshops to continue improving their own skills, and social events to help them stay connected with each other. Read more about YES alumni's activities!