Throughout 2013, the YES program community celebrated its 10th Anniversary. On December 12, 2013, the program hosted its final virtual reunion party. The YES 10th Anniversary Virtual Reunion was a 24-hour long event that celebrated the impact of the YES program and honored the thousands who have participated in the program, including host families, host schools, host communities, partner organizations in the United States and overseas, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Congress and countless other supporters of the program.
We invited all individuals and institutions that participate in, and support the YES program, to celebrate with us through numerous virtual events, videos, and a photo campaign as well as on Facebook and Twitter. The day kicked off with a special message from Evan Ryan, the Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Nearly 300 alumni submitted "I <3 YES because…" pictures and over 25,000 people from the YES community engaged with Twitter and Facebook campaigns.
A collective review of the day can be seen at this Storify.
Thank you YES for making the 10th Anniversary year so memorable!
A Year to Remember
During this 10th Anniversary year the YES community around the world has celebrated in many ways. Some of them have enjoyed beautiful cakes, some have organized sensational community service projects, some have attended special workshops or trainings, and others have chosen to celebrate the program by reconnecting with their local Alumni Association. What did you do to commemorate the YES program? Share it with us on Twitter @yesprogramnews or #KLYES10, and Facebook.
View the pictures of events and celebrations from around the world, as well as links to special workshops and webinar trainings.
Events have included the following:
- Training of Trainers Workshop, January 31-February 2, 2013 - Bali, Indonesia
- African Regional Digital Storytelling Workshop, May 22-26, 2013 - Accra, Ghana
- Middle East Regional Digital Storytelling Workshop, July 1-6, 2013 - Doha, Qatar
- Alumni Webinar: Career Development - How YES Contributes to Professional Development, April 12, 2013 - Virtual
- Alumni Webinar: How to Create and Encourage an Active Alumni Association, August 19, 2013 at 9 AM EST - Virtual
- YES Program 10th Anniversary Alumni Workshop, September 20- 22, 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey
YES 10th Anniversary Stories
Read through the YES 10th anniversary stories here!