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The application for the FLEX Alumni Grants Program is open!

Project Grants provide alumni with up to $3,000 to implement projects in their community.

Travel and Professional Development Grants provide alumni with up to $250 to attend a conference or professional development training.

Interested in learning more? Register now to attend an informational webinar on January 27 at 9:00 am EST.
Racial Equity and Justice Webinar
FLEX alumni are invited to attend the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Racial Equity and Justice Webinar at 10:00 am EST on February 9. YES alumni will speak about projects related to racial equity and justice that they have led in their home communities. 
The Alumni Internship Program is seeking host organizations for the Summer 2022 cohort.

Do you work for an organization interested in hosting talented FLEX or YES alumni interns? We are accepting applications through February 28, 2022.
Ukrainian alumni are going digital! With podcasts and video series, FLEX alumni are bringing their stories and experiences to their communities in a virtual setting. Read this article to connect with these impressive digital platforms.
We highlight Aigul Saparova '18 for her volunteer work and career as a Global Software Program Manager. Check out this article to read about her journey from a small town in Kyrgyzstan to working on a global stage.
Olena Vuzka '19 returned from her FLEX exchange year with one goal: to make volunteering more popular in Ukraine. She wasted no time working with fellow FLEX alumni to launch the Volunteer Platform, a one-stop website for NGO's to find volunteers and for potential volunteers to find opportunities. Olena and her team continue to grow the platform by launching a video series, the Late Night Show, and working with interns from the Alumni Internship Program.

Learn more about the Volunteer Platform and Olena's journey in her interview published in the Bradley Herald!
Maksat Tynaev '99 spearheaded the "Plast-IK Ecology" movement to encourage recycling in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan. With his organizing team, Maksat set up special bins in two cities to separately collect recyclable garbage. In this photo, Maksat is visiting the plastic bottle recycling center in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan to which he sends the collected plastic bottles, cans, and other recyclable garbage.

Interested in making a difference in your community like Maksat? Connect with your local Alumni Coordinator for information on upcoming volunteer opportunities!
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
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