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September 3, 2020
Competition for the U.S. Department of State sponsored YES program for 2021-22 school year took place online from September 1, 2020 to November 2, 2020, and it is over now. We thank all students who participated. Information about the final stage of the competition will be shared with students from Albania, Bosnia and ...

YES Alumni Story: My Story - By Hristina Trifunovska (YES ’10), North Macedonia, hosted by PAX in Portland , OR

September 2, 2020
Hristina Trifunovska is from Resen and has spent her exchange year in Portland, OR. She says that the YES program was life changing experience for her. Even after 10 years after she’s been on the program she continues to share and apply what she has learnt in the US. All ...

YES Alumni Story: My Story - Prina Memeti YES’16

September 2, 2020
Prina Memeti photo
I was in my first year of high school when I heard of the YES program and decided to apply for it. At the time it seemed like an unrealistic goal, but I didn’t let that stop me from applying. With each round that I passed, I kept thinking “This ...

YES Alumni Story: My Story - Marina Hiohi (YES 2019-2020, Struga, N. Macedonia, placed by 4-H in Hugoton, KS)

September 2, 2020
Marina Hiohi
A life changing experience filled with everlasting memories and personal growth – that is what the YES program represents to me. I can still clearly remember when I first saw my host family waiting for me at the airport, which marked the beginning of that new chapter in my life. ...

YES Alumni Story: My Story - Cvetanka Pasinechka (YES 2019-2020, Negotino, N. Macedonia, placed by CIEE in Ringgold, GA)

September 2, 2020
The YES program helps you grow in an understanding and a mature young adult. My exchange year in the U.S. allowed me to present my country and culture but also learn so much about American traditions and values. I got to meet many other exchange students that helped me broaden ...

YES Alumni Story: My success story

September 1, 2020
2.Me with dolphins in Florida.
By Igor Stojkov (YES 2019-2020, Chaska, N. Macedonia, placed by Greenheart Exch in Northwood, NH) I am Igor Stojkov and I just returned from the YES Program 2019-2020. I was placed in the state of New Hampshire, up north. It was really cold and snowy- just perfect for me. Participating ...

YES Alumni Story: Leadership Workshop

September 1, 2020
NORTH MACEDONIA - VALT follow-up project - sessions lead by alumna Marija Arsovska '19 (Kumanovo)
On July 6-7, YES Alumna Marija Arsovska '19 organized a virtual Leadership Workshop inspired by VALT (Virtual Alumni Leadership Training). Having picked up new knowledge on leadership, brainstorming and project planning, she organized a 2-part workshop specifically for YES alumni. Marija wanted to pass down the knowledge she learned to ...