American Councils for International Education and the American Civics Center will conduct two week-long Civic Education Workshops in spring 2020 for 100 YES students each week from February 22-29, 2020 and March 21-28, 2020 in Washington, DC. YES students who participate in the Civic Education Workshop will be chosen in December through an application process that is open to all YES students currently on program. The Civic Education Workshop is a unique opportunity for YES students to gain hands-on experience with U.S. organizations committed to community service and social change. Participants will take part in a series of events and activities designed to increase their knowledge of U.S. government and build their capacities and commitment to community service when they return to their own countries. Participants will also see first-hand the institutions of American government, including visits to Members of Congress and a dialogue with policy makers at the State Department.
American Councils plans to invite three outstanding YES alumni for each week (six alumni total!) to take part in one of the two workshops as mentors to current YES students and serve as ambassadors of the YES program. All YES alumni are eligible to apply for this opportunity, but preference will be given to more senior alumni who can 1) demonstrate a consistent commitment to community service for the betterment of their home countries, 2) make clear connections between their current successes/accomplishments and their experiences in America as a YES exchange student, and 3) outline leadership roles in their chosen professional field (preference given in that order).
Transportation to and from the U.S., visa fees, housing and meal costs, as well as per diem will be provided to the six alumni by American Councils. Interested alumni can apply by submitting an application to the YES organization in their country. Applications must be received by American Councils from overseas YES staff by October 18, 2019.
Talented and dynamic alumni who have a demonstrable record of community service in their home countries are invaluable role models for YES students as they begin to think about community service and leadership back home. By showing a commitment to community service and social change, YES alumni have also proven to be wonderful ambassadors for the program during special meetings at the State Department and with members of Congress.
To apply, please download the 2019-20 Civic Education Workshop Alumni Application and submit to your YES country office by October 14, 2019.