Once they return home, YES alumni practice and expand on the volunteerism, community service, and citizen responsibility they learned about during their exchange year.
YES alumni projects address such themes as advancing gender equality, advocating for disability rights, and promoting media literacy. With nearly 13,300 alumni across the world, YES alumni leave a lasting impact at a local and global level.
Seeing people who share similar passions and eagerness work towards a common goal is one of the most beautiful and rewarding things in life. After YES, I was more eager to be involved in my community.
(YES 2012-2013, West Bank, placed with AFS in St. Louis, MO)
Working as a YES alumna has helped me discover my purpose. Through volunteering in several different areas, I have learned what my passion is.
Daize Merville Njounkeng
(YES 2017-2018, Cameroon, placed with PAX in Zanesville, IN)
Being a YES alumna has changed me in the most positive ways. Although the exchange year was magical, the role of an alumna has been even more impactful and inspirational.
(YES 2017-2018, Bosnia and Herzegovina, placed with AFS in Warren, NJ)
As an alumna of the YES program, I have developed a deep interest in giving back to my community. My exchange made me realize the concrete steps we can take to positively impact our communities.
(YES 2011-2012, Albania, placed with World Link in Plains, TX)
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