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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program

If you would you like to spend a year of high school in the United States, YES may be the program for you!
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OVERVIEW

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program provides scholarships for high school students to study for one academic year in the United States. YES students 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. The program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the YES program was established by the U.S. Congress in 2003 to improve understanding between countries with significant Muslim populations and the United States. YES students serve as “youth ambassadors” of their home country, forming a cultural bridge of understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities.

After their year in the United States, YES alumni can look forward to participating in the active Jordanian YES alumni network.

YES SCHOLARS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

  • Live with an American family

  • Study at a U.S. high school

  • Participate in a youth leadership training program

  • Experience U.S. culture and society first hand

  • Improve their English

  • Make new friends

  • Represent their country as cultural ambassadors to the USA

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be a Jordanian citizen

  • Be at least 15 years old and no older than 18.5 by August 1, 2020

  • Be currently enrolled in the 9th or 10th Grade

  • Have an overall grade of at least “B” (80%) in all academic subjects for the past two years

  • Have an overall grade of at least “B+” (85%) in English for the past two years

  • Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement, which will be measured by a test

  • Demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding

  • Should not be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or previous applicant for immigration to the U.S.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

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 the United States. Students with disabilities must also meet the above eligibility requirements.

HOW TO APPLY

Download the application by clicking on "Apply Now".

Deadline is October 31, 2019

 

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YES is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by AMIDEAST.