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What is YES Program?

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program scholarships, funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, give secondary school students in 39 countries an opportunity to study at American high schools and live with American host families for one academic year. The YES scholarship Program is implemented by a consortium of organizations lead by American Councils.

Students are enrolled in a full academic year of high school study in the US, attending classes, labs and extracurricular activities with their American classmates. YES students also participate in special enrichment activities, including community service, youth leadership training, a civic education program and other activities that develop a well-rounded understanding of American culture through interaction with diverse groups of Americans. Likewise, participating students act as cultural ambassadors to their American host communities, becoming invaluable resources for Americans, whose contact with YES students provides them with an opportunity to learn about the rich and vibrant culture of students’ home countries.

Since 2003, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program has provided scholarships to 1,274 high school students from all over Pakistan.

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