YES Youth Exchange Program 2020 -21 For Nigerian Students

The wait is over YES Youth Exchange Program is accepting the application

The YES Youth Exchange Program 2020-2021 is a study program for Nigerian students and other eligible country students. All high school students in Pakistan can apply. The applicant must be in the ninth and tenth school. The application is now open for the YES 2020-2021 Youth Exchange Program. This exchange program is funded by the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State. They are  to provide scholarships to high school college students of the nations to spend a year in the United States

Here are some more details about YES Youth Exchange Program

What is the YES program?
The Kennedy Exchange and Youth Study (YES) Scholarships, funded by the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. In the US, high school students in 39 countries are given the opportunity to study in American high schools and live with American host families. academic year. The YES Scholarship Program is implemented by a consortium of organizations led by the American Councils.
Students are enrolled in a full academic year of high school studies in the United States, attending classes, labs, and extracurricular activities with their American classmates. YES students also participate in special enrichment activities, which include community service, youth leadership training, a civic education program and other activities that develop a comprehensive understanding of American culture through interaction with various groups of Americans. Similarly, participating students act as cultural ambassadors of their American host communities, becoming invaluable resources for Americans, whose contact with YES students gives them the opportunity to learn about the rich and vibrant culture of the countries of origin of the students.

Since 2003, the Kennedy-Place Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program has awarded scholarships to 1,274 high/ secondary school students from all over Nigeria.

Deadline is October 20, 2020

  • Country: USA
  • Financial coverage: Fully Funded
  • Eligible Regions: Nigeria and 38 other countries
  • Deadline:: October 20, 2020

Eligibility Criteria :

A minimum of 60% of marks in all the subjects within the examination that could be taken before the departure to the United States. (Annual exams that could be done in 2020). Students may have to submit their final exam grade sheets once they get the grade sheets.

In keeping with the U.S. Government-sponsored initiatives, dedicated to democratic reform, the competition for the Youth Exchange and Study scholarship is merit-based and open at no cost to all applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 15-18.5 by the start of program (August 1, 2021);
  • Must be enrolled in a secondary school in one of the participating states;
  • Must have completed SS1 class by August 2020;
  • Have the equivalent of a B average or better without failing grades;
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visa);
  • Be a citizen of Nigeria.

Students with Disabilities

The program can support students with disabilities and encourages their participation. The Department of State and the YES program work with Mobility International (MIUSA) to provide students with disabilities leadership-building workshops, appropriate information and support as needed to enhance their year in America. Students with disabilities must also meet the above eligibility requirements.

Application and Selection

There are multiple rounds to the YES application and selection process. All applicants are required to take an English proficiency exam, write a proctored essay, complete a YES program application, and participate in group and individual in-person interviews. All finalists are selected on the basis of merit.

For Parents

Studying abroad in high school is an exciting journey for both you and your child. We have compiled the information below to help answer some of the questions you may have about the YES program experience. For further information, please e-mail the YES office in your country.

Who will support my child’s well being while abroad?
YES participants are placed in volunteer host family homes and into host schools in the United States by established and reputable placement organizations that have competitively been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of State to implement the placement portion of the YES program. While on the program, your child will have regular contact with a trained coordinator in his or her community who will provide support, assistance, and guidance, and who will be in regular contact with the placement organization’s national headquarters.

As the consortium lead on the grant for YES operations, also competitively awarded by the U.S. Department of State, American Councils has a national office in Washington, DC, which cooperates with all placement organizations nationwide and with all overseas recruiting offices. Each country participating in the YES program has an in-country office with at least one permanent employee in each YES country. These staff, who are the main contacts for the parents of YES students, in turn communicate with all organizations placing YES students in host communities.

As a parent, how can I help promote the well-being of my child?
One of the ways you can help YES plan for your child’s successful participation in the program is by providing all relevant information regarding your child’s personal health and family history on the requested application forms. This information will not be evaluated as part of the selection process, but is considered when making host community assignments. Relevant information includes, but is not limited to, a diagnosis of or treatment for an illness, a physical disability, a learning disability, a behavioral or emotional disorder, a dietary restriction, or drastic changes in weight. Recent traumatic experiences or significant changes in the student’s natural family, including serious illness, death, divorce, incarceration, or custodial changes, can also influence a student’s experience. Living and studying abroad can be a stressful and challenging experience for people of any age. These stresses can be compounded by any existing physical or mental health issues or concerns at home that arise prior to the start of the program. In order to help YES organizations and their staff to make appropriate decisions about your child’s experience, please inform us of relevant situations as quickly as possible throughout the application process and program.

What is the involvement of the U.S. Department of State?
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Organizations implementing the YES program report to the U.S. Department of State.

Where will my child be living?
All YES students live with host families who have been carefully screened and selected. Host families receive formal orientation and training to introduce them to cultural differences and to prepare them for the hosting experience. Local coordinators provide support to participants and host families throughout the program. Students attend a school in their community alongside American peers.

What happens in the case of an emergency?
YES implementing organizations are prepared to respond to emergencies in the United States. Each organization provides 24-hour assistance in the event of an emergency and facilitates appropriate medical treatment, including evacuation, if necessary. YES consults with the U.S. Department of State and external risk management organizations to monitor the safety of participants while in the United States.

Will my child have medical coverage while abroad?
YES participants are provided with accident and sickness medical coverage to ensure that, in the case of an emergency, students will be treated as soon as possible.

What costs are covered?
The YES scholarship covers costs related to:
• round-trip airfare from your home country to the United States;
• the cost of a Pre-Departure Orientation;
• placement with a U.S. host family for 10 to 11 months;
• a modest monthly stipend;
• health insurance; and
• the cost of program activities and materials.

What costs are not covered by the scholarship?
Some costs that you can expect to incur from your child’s participation in the program include costs associated with obtaining a passport, required medical examinations and immunizations, and extra pocket money while on program.

How will YES help my child prepare to go abroad?
YES provides a wide variety of support mechanisms for students preparing to go abroad. Preparation for the YES experience begins shortly after the finalists are selected, with weekly follow up by each YES program country office. Additionally, all YES finalists are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation where they cover relevant topics that they will face during the program year. At the Pre-Departure Orientation, they are given a student workbook and handbook, which is theirs to keep and contains the material covered in the Pre-Departure Orientation. Lastly, upon arrival to the United States, YES students attend an orientation in Washington, D.C. with YES students from other countries, where critical information is reviewed before the students depart for their host communities.

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