The U.S. Department of State has awarded Sarah Edgar, a high school student at Logan County High School one of 65 scholarships to study abroad on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program. The competitive, merit-based award covers the full cost of an academic year abroad, providing Sarah a full immersion experience through living with a host family in Bosnia and Herzegovina, attending a Bosnian high school, and helping her develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community. The YES abroad program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Through Sarah’s participation in the YES Abroad program, she will be at the forefront of citizen diplomacy, serving as a “youth ambassador” in her host country, promoting mutual understanding by building lasting relationships with her host family and friends, and through community engagement in volunteer service and leadership training.
The Kentucky-Lugar YES program was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, as an effort to increase dialogue and understanding between the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. Initially created as a program for international high school students to live and study in the United States, the YES Abroad program was expanded in 2007 to include YES abroad for American high school students. The YES Abroad program provides opportunities for Americas to study for an academic year in select countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.
For more information about the YES Abroad program, including information on how to apply for the 2014-15 academic year, visit yesprogram.org/yesabroad. For more information about hosting a YES international exchange student, visit hosting.state.gov.