YES Program. Opportunities have emerged for high school students in Bangladesh who are interested in studying in the United States. And this opportunity has been brought by a program called Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study or (YES). Students selected from among the applicants through this program will spend one academic year in the hospitality of an American family and have the opportunity to study in American high school. This was stated in a press release of the US Embassy in Dhaka.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study or (YES) Program
According to the press release, applications for the 2021-2022 academic year have been invited through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program. Yes Scholarship is a merit-based and open-ended activity. It can be applied for free. More than three hundred Bangladeshi high school students have so far participated in the YES program.Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program
Under the YES program, funded by the United States Department of State, high school students in grades 8-11 in Bangladesh are awarded scholarships to reside in the United States. In addition to studying, students also have the opportunity to present Bangladeshi culture and values to Americans. Students with disabilities can also get opportunities in this activity and their participation is being encouraged. The last date for submission of applications is November 15 at 5 pm Bangladesh local time.
YES Scholarship Application Requirement:
Must be between 15-16 years of age on the day of commencement of activities (1 August 2021) Not less than one day in 15 years and not more than one day in 18 years.
- Date of birth must be between 1st August 2004 to 1st August 2006.
- At present you have to be admitted in 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th class of Bangladeshi high school or college (secondary education institution). * Bangladeshi nationals studying abroad will not be eligible to apply.
- There has been no failure in any of the classes in the last two academic years and the average should have ‘B’ equivalent or better results.
- Must have sufficient proficiency in English to speak and study English.
If you have been in the United States for the last five years, it will not be more than 90 days in total.
- Neither or both of the applicant’s parents may be current employees of the United States Embassy or United States Mission.
- Applicants for immigration to the United States through family and relatives will not be eligible to apply.
- Must be a Bangladeshi citizen and cannot be a dual citizen or permanent immigrant to the United States or any other country.
- Eligibility requirements for J-1 visas in the United States must be met (for example, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visas).
- Eligibility of the applicants may be helpful in getting the scholarship:
- Interest and ability to participate fully in intensive educational activities, social work and educational trips for one academic year
- Adapting to American high school life and preparing to be in the hospitality of an American family
- Mature, responsible, self-reliant, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive
- Interest and ability to participate fully in intensive learning activities, social work and educational trips, to adapt easily to campus life, preparation for space sharing, interest and ability to adapt to different cultural and social customs from one’s own country
- Ability to properly present Bangladeshi culture in American schools and communities
- Promise to return to Bangladesh at the end of the program.
Details of the Yes program and detailed application instructions can be found at http://www.iearnbd.org/. In Applications can be found at https://bd.usembassy.gov/education-culture/student-exchange-programs/. If you have any further questions after reviewing the application guidelines, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, eligibility conditions are set by the United States Department of State and it is not possible to make exceptions.
The beginning and end of the Yes program
The Yes program was established in October 2002. The scholarship was named after Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator Richard Lugar. The purpose of the program is to connect with everyone on the basis of mutual interest and to respect each other as individuals by eliminating misconceptions based on individual nationality or ethnic origin. The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, funded by the United States Department of State, offers the opportunity to stay and study in the United States for one academic year. Students live with the host family, attend high school, learn about American society and values, gain leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their country and culture.
Youth Exchange and Study Program 2021-2022 in USA
There are more than 12,000 alumni from more than 40 countries under the YES program. This program was started in 2003 in Bangladesh. Since then, more than 369 Bangladeshi students have gone to the United States under the program. They are all part of the Yes Alumni Network. The International Education and Resource Network-Bangladesh (iEARN-BD) supports the YES program in Bangladesh. The YES program provides opportunities for young pioneers to engage in leadership education, civil society regulation, and community service, thereby encouraging young people to create ideas, values, and experiences.