Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is implemented by a consortium of organizations led by American Councils. The program provides high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations the opportunity to spend an academic year as an exchange student in the United States, attending high school and living with an American host family.
Students are enrolled for a full academic year of high school study in the U.S., attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities with their American classmates. YES students also participate in special enrichment activities, including community service, youth leadership training, and other activities that help them learn more about American culture. In addition, students serve as “cultural ambassadors” in their host communities, sharing their rich and vibrant culture and educating Americans about Pakistan.
In Pakistan, Society for International Education (SIE) administers the YES program in partnership with the local U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Office. Since 2003, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program has provided scholarships to 1,351 high school students from all over Pakistan.
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Society for International Education (SIE) is a non-profit, non-government Karachi based educational society registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 KAR No.067/05, dedicated to the development of global partnerships in education, capacity building of learning communities based on the effective use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), English Language, Teacher Development, Youth Leadership for Pakistan and rest of the globe. SIE is committed to work with umbrella organizations, academic bodies, universities, non-government organizations, and governments to establish a global community of concerned organizations and citizens with the express purpose of supporting the youth of the world in developing and implementing educational and humanitarian projects, especially projects of change and healing for the health and welfare of the planet. The iEARN Pakistan is affiliated with iEARN International Assembly comprised of 32 countries, the decision making body within the 140 countries global network of iEARN programs. SIE has had tremendous success implementing several educational and ICT programs for educational development and capacity building nationwide.
SIE runs and manages different projects and programs. iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the project that SIE started first and it is an ongoing project.
SIE runs educational development centers in Karachi. SIE programs are implemented nationwide in cooperation with many governmental and non-government educational organizations. Teams of professionals are engaged by SIE to formulate its dynamic team that excels in providing teachers’ training and curriculum development, English language proficiency programs, media and animations projects and programs, managing students and educators’ exchange programs, alumni engagement and supporting youth leadership activities.
SIE programs reach extensively to communities, schools, educators and students from a wide geographical region of Pakistan, including remote and underprivileged areas and communities. Educators and students from these areas get very positive experience of connecting to the peers and counterparts globally via online academic projects and physical exchanges.