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Youth Exchange Program Brings Global Scholars to Mason County
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009

Mason County has been chosen to represent the United States in the upcoming school year as high school students on prestigious scholarships from around the world arrive for their academic exchange program.  These scholars will arrive in Mason County to participate in an academic year or semester aimed at promoting peace, understanding and public diplomacy among high school youth.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program has been operating since the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag enacted the agreement in 1983.  CBYX students are selected according to their academic merit, commitment to community service and personal values.

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program gives strong academic achievers from former Soviet Union countries the opportunity to come to the United States to study and gain exposure to American values and democratic principles.  FLEX scholarships are awarded through a rigorous and highly competitive application process.  

The Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was established following the events of September 11th, 2001, to build bridges of understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations.  YES students are selected for their commitment to community service, public diplomacy and academic achievement.

AYUSA International, a non-profit youth exchange organization, is seeking families in the area who are interested in hosting one of these outstanding scholars.  AYUSA students will arrive in Mason County at the end of August, equipped with medical insurance, spending money, a firm command of English and a strong commitment to becoming a member of your community.  

Host families are asked only to provide a warm, loving home, meals and sleeping quarters, either shared or private.  Students pay for all other personal expenses while on program.

Families interested in hosting will have the opportunity to broaden their horizons, provide a unique contribution to their community and make a positive impact on global youth.

For more information on how to host or be an exchange student, please contact Maria Walters, Hill Country Regional Director; Fredericksburg, Texas. 830-990-9404|cell: 830-822-6786;

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