YES Exchange Students To Begin Study Program

The 2015-2016 YES Program participants, with IRIS staff and representatives of the U.S. Embassy.
The 2015-2016 YES Program participants, with IRIS staff and representatives of the U.S. Embassy. (Photo: U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam)
The 2015-2016 YES Program participants, with IRIS staff and representatives of the U.S. Embassy. (Photo: U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam)

A group of 19 high school students will arrive in the United States this week to participate in the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program.  The students will study in the U.S. for one academic year from August 2015 through June 2016.

The YES Program was created in 2003 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs as a way to build bridges between citizens of the U.S. and countries around the world.

The program awards scholarships to high school students (15-17 years of age) to live and study in the U.S. for up to a full academic year (August-June). During the program, students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society, acquire leadership skills and help educate Americans about their country and culture.

The YES Program was introduced to Tanzania in 2006, and to date a total of 164 Tanzanian students from various regions of the Tanzania mainland as well as Zanzibar have benefited from this program.

This program is funded by Department of State and coordinated by Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS, Inc.)  a nonprofit, non-religious organization founded in 1993.  IRIS’s mission is to promote international understanding, development and peace by connecting citizens of the state of Iowa to communities worldwide.  IRIS coordinates programs with countries around the world and has coordinated the Youth Exchange and Study Program in Tanzania since 2006.

Learn more about IRIS programs at www.iris-center.org, and more about the YES program at www.yesprograms.org/country/Tanzania