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77 Pakistani students all set to begin Academic Year in US

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LAHORE: American Ambassador David Hale on Tuesday met with 50
Pakistani alumni of the U.S. government-funded Kennedy-Lugar Youth
Exchange and Study (YES) Program, along with 77 students who will soon
depart to participate in the program.  Since 2004 more than 900
outstanding Pakistani high school students 15-17 years of age have
participated in the year-long YES academic exchange, which includes
studying at a U.S. high school, living with a U.S. host family, and
completing community service activities.  During the program, the
Ambassador congratulated both groups of students on their academic
accomplishments.  In Pakistan, the program is administered with the
support of iEARN Pakistan.

“You all capture the purpose of these exchanges – bringing together
people, ideas, and cultures to create a better tomorrow,” Ambassador
Hale told YES participants.  “The Embassy team could not be prouder of
your achievements, and it is clear that friendships between Pakistanis
and Americans will grow thanks to you.”

“Since its beginning, the YES Program in Pakistan has helped develop a
phenomenal group of Pakistani youth ambassadors, who are making a
difference in their local and international communities, in addition
to becoming extraordinary professionals,” said iEARN Pakistan Country
Director Farah Kamal.

During the program, recently returned YES alumni shared their
experiences in the United States with the new cohort of departing
students, highlighting the opportunity to participate in community
service and extracurricular activities.

Izaan Aamir, who spent a year in Port Orchard, Washington, told the
students, “The YES program made me a confident person with a vision
and mission to work towards the betterment of others.”

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