Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program is a one academic year exchange program, sponsored by Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Students from 40 countries, with predominantly muslim population, travel to the United States for one year, live with an American host family and attend an American high school, to foster better understanding and tolerance of their culture and people among the American population. Presentation of one’s culture, community service and leadership training are the focus and requirement of the program.
Currently K-L YES program has approximately 9,300 alumni from around 40 countries. The program has started in Bangladesh on 2004, and since then, 335 Bangladeshi students participated in YES program and 289 of them are now affiliated with YES Alumni Bangladesh Association. International Education and Resource Network - Bangladesh (iEARN-BD) administers the YES program recruitment in Bangladesh with the support of U.S. Embassy-Dhaka. To learn more please visit: iEARN-BD Website
K-L YES Alumni Bangladesh consists of scholars from Bangladesh who have successfully completed Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program. The program was established in October 2002, for connecting Americans with the youth of predominantly Muslim countries to create a better understanding of cultures between the groups, while dismissing cultural assumptions and stereotypes. It is funded by the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide 100% scholarships to selected participants (aged 15-17) who will spend one academic year in the U.S. During the program, students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, gets involved in community service and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.