YES - Where Stereotypes are Replaced with Friendships

An exchange program with a greater purpose.

Students Who Will Change the World

We believe the YES exchange program has the potential to make the world a better place—to break down cultural barriers, misperceptions, and stereotypes between Muslim countries and the United States. It helps us realize that we’re alike in more ways than we realize and that we can learn from our differences.

That’s why the Department of State selects students who are the best of the best academically and who have the skills, determination, and desire to serve as ambassadors for their home countries. These students use their YES experience to make a positive and lasting impact. Ayusa YES students are:

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High Achievers

A merit-based application, English language proficiency testing, and a thorough interview process lead to a 3% acceptance rate—a small number of students who excel in their host high schools and thrive at home and in the community.

Ambassadors and Leaders

Ayusa YES students come from countries with a significant Muslim population to serve as ambassadors, to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about their culture and countries, and to promote understanding of the American culture upon their return.
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Many YES students go well beyond the required 30 hours of community service, creating a spirit of giving and volunteerism that permeates schools, homes, and communities.
Ayusa is proud to work with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Program (YES) to bring international high school exchange students from predominately Muslim countries to the U.S. to live and study with American host families.
Meet our YES Students

Sharing cultures and building communities with high school exchange.

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