Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program

Join the YES program and spend a year of high school in the United States, serving as a cultural ambassador of Kuwait to the United States of America.
Kuwait's Cultural Ambassadors to the United States of America

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established in October, 2002 and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to provide scholarships for high school students (15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. The program is vital to expanding communication between the people of the United States and the partner countries in the interest of promoting mutual understanding and respect. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

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 as Kuwait cultural ambassadors to the USA

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR 2020-2021 YES CYCLE

  • Birth Date must be between January 1, 2002 and August 1, 2005
  • Secondary school students who are currently enrolled in 9th or 10th grade
  • Applicant should demonstrate a high level of academic achievement - Minimum grade of "B" in all subjects for the past year; overall "B" average for the past three years
  • Is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and was not born in the United States
  • Demonstrate flexibility and commitment to promoting cross cultural understanding
  • Kuwaiti nationals are welcome to apply
  • Kuwaiti residents from the countries listed on the following website link are welcome to apply: http://yesprograms.org/countries
     

EXPENSES COVERED BY K-L YES SCHOLARSHIP

  • Airfare
  • Room and board
  • Health insurance
  • Pocket money – stipend of $125 USD per month
  • Educational supplies
     

HOW TO APPLY

We are currently not taking registrations, new cycle starts September/October 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.