"Just do it!" Stories of International Families

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These families and schools opened their hearts to a YES student for a year and in these videos they share how it transformed their family and community! Watch the playlist now and see how you can help build bridges of understanding.

Interested in bringing the world to your family, school or community? Learn more about hosting a Kennedy-Lugar YES student!

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was established by Congress in October, 2002 in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. 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.