All types of families are encouraged to apply to host and there is no “typical” American Councils host family. Families come in all shapes and sizes, including those with and without children at home, young couples, “empty nesters,” single adults, and single parents.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES)
YES was established in October 2002 in response to September 11, 2001. It offers students from countries with significant Muslim populations exposure to life in the U.S., and seeks to foster increased understanding and mutual respect between the U.S. and the 38 countries.
Congress established YES 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.
The YES program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of nonprofit organizations led by American Councils for International Education. American Councils also places students with host families and monitors them throughout the school year. (That’s where our team comes in!)
Kennedy-Lugar youth exchange and study program