YES Programs



Civic Education Workshop Alumni Mentor Application is Open

Three 2022 Civic Education Alumni Mentors Pose With Senator Joni Ernst

American Councils for International Education will conduct two one-week Civic Education Workshops in February and March 2023 for 100 YES students from February 25-March 3, 2023 and March 25-31, 2023 in Washington, DC. 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 the State Department. 

American Councils will 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, accommodation, meals, and travel medical insurance will be provided by American Councils. Interested alumni should contact their local YES office for an application and deadline (application deadlines vary from country to country).