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
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