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Future Leaders Exchange Program Celebrates Twenty Years!
By Mary Shea
On June 13, 2012, nearly 200 Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. for a special reception to kick off celebrations of the twentieth anniversary of the FLEX program. This group of high school students from six Eurasian countries had just completed a 10-
Funded through the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by American Councils for International Education, FLEX is a merit-
At the event, the students listened to remarks made by individuals with a long history of contributions to international education. Dr. Dan E. Davidson, President of American Councils for International Education, congratulated the participants on successfully completing their exchange and highlighted the twenty-
Ia Dadunashvil – Tbilisi, Georgia
And these FLEX alumni are indeed making a difference. They have a reputation for being creative problem solvers. Many of them have gone on to receive advanced higher education degrees at leading institutions in all academic spheres. They also seek opportunities for practical professional experiences. Recently, Ia Dadunashvil from Tbilisi, Georgia, who spent her FLEX year 1996-
Clearly, Ia made the most of her five week fellowship, attending among other events the committee meeting of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Congressionally-
Opportunity to Host
The transformational experiences of young people like Ia Dadunashvil began during her year abroad when she was involved in volunteering and learning how communities work together. With additional US State Department funding for alumni activity, these FLEX alumni have access to additional opportunities to develop their leadership skills through a variety of trainings, community service initiatives and grant programs.
Every year American Councils is looking for people to be involved to make a huge difference in the lives of these participants. Consider hosting a student or being involved in other ways. To learn more about hosting a FLEX exchange student, go to: American Councils for International Education.
Mary Shea is the FLEX Eurasia Alumni Manager at American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS in Moscow, Russia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and through http://www.americancouncils.org and www.flexalumni.net. Ia Dadunashvili can be reached at email@example.com.
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