U.S. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed 40 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) students back to the country. Also present was Farah Kamal, executive director, iEARN — the U.S. State Department’s YES program implementing partner in Pakistan.
“The YES program is at the heart of what we try to do through our exchange and cultural programs – connect Pakistani people to American people to promote dialogue and find common ground,” said Mr. Heath. “There is no better way to build connections than through programs like YES, which allow people to discover for themselves what the United States is like.”
Volunteerism is a big part of the YES program, said Mr. Heath. “We believe that service to one’s community and country is essential to make societies strong. Now, that you have returned home, I hope that you take your experiences and share them with your family and community and that you continue to be active in community service projects here in Pakistan.”
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program — funded by the U.S. Department of State — provides scholarships for secondary school students aged 15-17. Students spend up to one academic year in the United States.
In 2012-2013, 107 students from Pakistan participated in YES. The program includes extracurricular activities, community service projects, leadership training and other activities that develop an understanding of American culture through interaction with diverse groups of Americans.