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FLEX Appreciation Day: September 27
FLEX Appreciation Day marks the annual celebration of the FLEX program; the funding and administrative organizations; FLEX students and alumni; and the host families, communities, and schools that make their FLEX exchange possible.  Reach out to your local American Councils office to be part of the celebrations in your country and send a virtual FLEX Appreciation Day postcard to someone who meant a lot to your FLEX experience. Join us as we celebrate virtually using #FLEXDay2021 and #ThankYouFLEX.
Share the News: the FLEX Application is Open!
The FLEX program is recruiting the 2022-2023 program class! Please share the link to the online application and information about the program with your community. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2021. 
Call for FLEX Artists!
Do you write poetry? Paint? Draw? Sing? Dance? Play an instrument? Then let us know! We are looking for artists within our community to provide them with opportunities to showcase their work to a larger audience, including making next year's FLEX Appreciation Day Card. Click the link below if you are interested in sharing your work within the global FLEX Alumni community.
The Career Development 101 series is back! Our next speaker, Phil Schuman, Executive Director of Financial Wellness & Education at Indiana University, will lead a discussion on Budgeting and Personal Finance. The webinar will take place on September 30 at 10:00 AM EST (DC). To join the session, please register via the link below or attend through a live-stream on the FLEX Alumni Facebook Page.
Sport & Public Diplomacy: a Conversation with Dr. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff
Join American Councils on September 27 at 12 PM EST (DC) for the Coffee and Conversation virtual event series. This month’s webinar features historian, writer, and consultant, Dr. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff for a conversation about Sport & Public Diplomacy. Dr. Krasnoff is a global expert on the intersection of sport and diplomacy and, among her many endeavors, is the director of the #FranceAndUS campaign to highlight French and American sports voices. Learn more about the event and register by clicking the link!
Three Georgian alumni launched an 8-month-long Digital Skills Development Initiative to help teachers use digital tools in the classroom.
Through her work, Gulnaz Bektemirova ’02 (Uzbekistan) has been supporting and advocating for students with disabilities at Westminster International University.
This month we spotlight Aigul Saparova ’18! Aigul’s FLEX year gave her the tools and experience she needed to go on to become a US-CAEF fellow at the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan and a program manager at Mad Devs! Today, she is finishing her bachelor's degree while helping clients from around the world solve their business problems with software solutions.
Marichka Padalko '94, an alumna of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, who is now a news anchor for TCH in Ukraine, was on her way to DC to cover the recent meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when she ran into a group of 2021-22 FLEX students at the Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv waiting for their flight to travel to the U.S!
The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program is a United States Department of State-sponsored program for secondary school students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. The program provides merit-based scholarships for students to travel to the United States, live with a host family, and attend a U.S. high school for a full academic year. Learn more at www.discoverflex.org.
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