During their Youth Exchange and Study (YES) exchange program orientation, these students participated in a dog meet-and-greet. These students will be living with pet dogs with their American host families, but most have never lived with, or even touched, a domesticated dog. These dog meet-and-greets allow students to become comfortable with pet dogs before meeting their host families.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was established by Congress in October 2002 in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high schools, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. Starting in 2009, the YES Abroad program was established in order to provide a similar experience for U.S. students (15-18 years) to spend an academic year in select YES countries.
For more about the YES program, visit yesprograms.org.