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 Libyan YES alumni network.
TO BE ELIGIBLE, YOU MUST
- Be a citizen of Libya
- Be a resident of Libya at the time of application
- Have been resident in Libya for at least the past three years
- Be enrolled in a secondary school at the time of application, in grades 10 or 11 (first or second year of secondary)
- Be between the ages of 15-18.5 by the start of program (August 1, 2020)
- Have an average grade of at least B for the past two academic years
- Demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English
- Receive parental approval for travel and participation in the program
PLEASE NOTE THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
HOW TO APPLY
There are 2 options to apply for the program:
- Student must fill out the application through the following link: https://form.myjotform.com/92734393155563 . Deadline is November 15th, 2019.
- Students must complete an AMIDEAST Preliminary YES Application digitally, and email it to AMIDEAST at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 15, 2019, along with a copy of the student’s school transcripts (grades) and a scanned passport/birth certificate. No translation of documents is necessary.
YES APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
There are multiple rounds to the YES application and selection process. Eligible applicants will be required to take an English proficiency exam, write a proctored essay, complete a full YES program application, and participate in group and individual in-person interviews. All finalists are selected on the basis of merit.
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of language skills, completeness of the application package, interview and group activity participation, academic excellence, and leadership potential. Preference will be given to applicants with limited or no U.S. experience. Certified copies of academic transcripts from the last three years, passing scores on English proficiency tests, medical clearance, and parental permission are also required.
Each candidate’s application and supporting documents will be reviewed in Washington, DC before a status of finalist or alternate is confirmed.
For more information about the Youth and Exchange Study Program, please go to: http://www.yesprograms.org/
For questions, information sessions, and further information contact: email@example.com
Deadline to submit the preliminary application: November 15, 2019