LAHS student Darcy Turin atop the 564′ tall Avaz Twist Tower in Sarajevo. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School student Darcy Turin has been awarded a YES Abroad scholarship for 2016-17 from the U.S. Department of State. She is living with a host family and studying in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the academic year.
Turin is one of only 65 competitively selected students from across the nation who has received a scholarship to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. The merit-based award covers the full cost of an academic year abroad, providing her a full cultural immersion through living with a host family in Sarajevo, 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 Turin’s participation in the YES Abroad program, she will be at the forefront of citizen diplomacy. YES Abroad students promote mutual understanding between the U.S. and the host country by forming lasting relationships with the local community. This includes living with a host family, attending a local school and engaging in volunteer service and leadership training.
The Kennedy-Lugar YES program was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, as an effort to increase dialogue and mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of 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 program was expanded in 2007 to include YES Abroad for American high school students.
For the 2016-17 academic year, YES Abroad provides opportunities for Americans to study for one academic year in select countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal and Thailand.
YES Abroad is administered by a consortium of non-profit organizations, including American Councils for International Education, AFS-USA, AMIDEAST, and iEARN-USA. Exchanges taking place in Bosnia and Herzegovina are administered by American Councils for International Education (www.americancouncils.org). American Councils is an international nonprofit that strives to create access to educational opportunities for individuals and institutions across the globe. A leader in international education, academic exchange, language acquisition and assessment, and research, American Councils prepares individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world.
For more information about YES Abroad, visit www.yes-abroad.org. For more information about hosting a YES international exchange student, visit www.yesprograms.org/host.