About the Program

We are not accepting any more application for academic year 2018-19. 

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established in October 2002. The program was named after Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator Richard Lugar because of their vision for building bridges between Americans and young people of other countries based on mutual interests and respect for one another as individuals while dismissing assumptions and stereotypes based solely on an individual s nationality or ethnic origin. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide scholarships for high school students (15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.
The Kennedy-Lugar YES Program evolved out of a generalized recognition that public diplomacy efforts had been neglected in many countries around the world for many years and that the effects of this came into stark focus in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. exchange community, recognized the importance of youth exchange as a key component of renewed commitment to building bridges between citizens of the U.S. and countries around the world, particularly those with significant Muslim populations.
Currently, K-L YES program has more than 9,300 alumni from more than 40 countries. The program has started in Bangladesh on 2004, since then, over 330 Bnagladeshi students have completed the YES program and now participate as alumni members.
The International Education and Resource Network - Bangladesh (iEARN-BD) facilitates the YES program in Bangladesh. iEARN-BD is a nonprofit organization dedicated towards better education, sustainable life and peace in Bangladesh.
Goals of the YES Program
Goals of YES program are to engage participating youth, their teachers and classmates and community leaders in an exchange effort that promotes increased understanding and tolerance between cultures. YES program encourages exchange of ideas, values, and experiences among young people by exposing these young scholars to leadership belief systems, civil society principles, and community service involvement.
Core principles of the program are:
  • To promote international security and peace by educating American and foreign participants about each other. 
  • To acquire an understanding of American values.
  • To attain the qualities of leadership.
  • To learn about the concepts of civic responsibility and volunteerism.
  • To work together upon returning home and share what they have learned and to make a difference in their home communities by initiating activities that built on acquired skills and experience.

International Education and Resource Network - Bangladesh (iEARN-BD) implements the YES program in Bangladesh with the support of U.S. Embassy-Dhaka.


International Education and Resource Network - Bangladesh
Kha - 44 (3rd Floor), Shahjadpur, Gulshan, Dhaka - 1212, Bangladesh
+88 01718 208668 | info@iearnbd.org | yesinfo@iearnbd.org


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