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53 Global Youth Service Day Projects
Including 13 GYSD Grants
Involving 153 Alumni in 18 FLEX Countries
89 Volunteer Project Assistants
And Over 1,000 Participants
Alumni Emergency Grant Program
Contribute to the support of displaced and internally displaced people through the Alumni Emergency Grant Program.
Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awards will be distributed until funds have been exhausted. 

Art for Social Change Webinar

Date: Thursday, June 2

Time: 10 AM ET

Join the YES Program "Art for Social Change" webinar, led by explorer, artist, and activist, Aris Hines, and two YES alumni: Dunya Jezeraskic '15 (Bosnia & Herzegovina), and Mohamed Ben Fredj '18 (Tunisia).

Webinar attendees will learn how art can impact culture and be a tool for social change. The guest speakers will share their experiences leading art for social change projects around the world and engage webinar attendees in discussions and activities related to the topic. Attendees will be able to connect in small groups with other exchange program alumni to brainstorm project ideas. 
ASL interpretation and live captioning will be available at the event. 
Register for a Mental Health Webinar
What: Learn about mental health first aid, gain insight on emphatic listening, and obtain tools for overcoming anxiety.

When: May 25 @ 11 AM ET

Who: Leading the webinar is Robin Smith, a licensed Mental Health Counselor and U.S. government-sponsored exchange program alumna.
Oleksandra Mukha '20 Leads "Let's Do It Ukraine SOS"...

Oleksandra Mukha '20 (Zhytomyr, Ukraine / Brooklyn Park, MN) is an active volunteer with "Let's Do It Ukraine SOS." At the start of the Russo-Ukranian war, Oleksandra helped launch "Let's...

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Check out our alumni featured on recent podcasts, where they talk about the impact of their FLEX experience and more!

FizzBuzz is a digital program focused on catalyzing growth by teaching members how to build software applications along with the fundamentals of tech entrepreneurship. FizzBuzz was co-founded by Branko Backovic ’07 (Despotovac, Serbia / Lisle, IL) and his partner Paul Orland in 2021.

Rare Girls is a podcast by Abdulaziz M Alhamdan that showcases exceptional girls changing the world.
Asel Botpayeva '08
FizzBuzz: Improving Women's
Health in Kyrgyzstan

Kristina Trajkovski '18
FizzBuzz: Building a Pet Marketplace

Diana Shalashna '18
Rare Girls: International Relations & Social Communications Career

Stepanishcheva '19
Rare Girls: An IT Career

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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