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Improving Communities One Year After U.S. Experience

May 10, 2011
Participants in the Serbia Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by American Councils spent May 2010 in the U.S. on intensive community work and leadership trainings.  One year later, SYLP alumni are applying what they learned from ...

YES Alumni Bring Global Youth Service Day to Southeast Europe

May 5, 2011
"Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning." -gysd.org This year, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) alumni from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia joined ...

YES Alumnae Bring English to Orphans in Tirana

April 18, 2011
YES alumnae Redona Collaku (standing) and Emiljana Hoti (seated, center) assist their advanced English students with an assignment during a Monday afternoon lesson. December 2010 to March 2011 was a dynamic period for the children in the orphanage Zyber Hallulli in Tirana, Albania, thanks to YES alumnae Anisa Hoxha, Ina ...

Alumni of U.S. State Department-Funded High School Exchange Programs from Across Southeast Europe Learn to “Get the Word Out” in Macedonia

April 12, 2011
Alumni of the U.S. State Department-funded American - Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE); the Serbian Youth Leadership Program (SYLP); and the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Macedonia have been using their experiences as exchange students in the U.S. to ...

The Kids Are Our Future: Improving the Conditions of Our Local Kindergarten

April 12, 2011
From left to right among the children: Milena Kaleskovska, Kristina Andonovska, Arton Murati, Toni Nikolovski, Maja Dimitrievska, Beti Grozdanovska, Hristina Trifunovska, Marija Bockarovska “We can fill our hearts with love and happiness only by loving and making someone else happy,” wrote Hristina Trifunovska and Arton Murati, both 2010 alumni of ...

Congratulations to Small Grant Recipients!

March 31, 2011
Small Grants have been awarded to the following groups for Spring 2011: YES Albania Alumnae Ingrid Stringa, Enxhi Lami & Majlinda Karaj for the project "Help for the Orphanage" YES Macedonia Alumni Hristina Trifunovska & Arton Murati for the project "The Kids are Our Future: Improving the Conditions of Our ...

“ACT ON” Promotes Volunteerism Among Youth in Leskovac

March 29, 2011
Student volunteers (left to right) Nada Ivanek, Jelena Pesic and Iva Stankovic helped in the pediatric ward of the local hospital by feeding the children, telling them stories, and playing games with them during the second day of ACT ON activities. A-SMYLE alumni Aleksandar Cakic ’09 and Teodora Tasic ’09 ...

A-SMYLE Alumni Promote Volunteerism with Hands-on Training

March 17, 2011
Danilo Stojanovic and Maja Jovanovic, 2010 A-SMYLE alumni, teach 7th and 8th graders about volunteering Danilo Stojanovic and Maja Jovanovic, 2010 A-SMYLE alumni, recently embarked upon a project entitled "Volunteerism and Me." The two engaged in various volunteer activities during their time on program in the U.S., and felt a ...

Balkan Youth Voices Newsletter Now Posted!

February 24, 2011
The Balkan Youth Voices Newsletter - the official newsletter of A-SMYLE and YES, SEE - is now posted on our blog!  Check it out here!

What's going on in the YES and A-SMYLE Communities?

February 24, 2011
What's going on in the YES South East Europe and A-SMYLE Communities? In Albania, alumni are making a difference in the lives of children without parents. YES alumnae in Albania prepare packages of presents for orphans SAY HELLO TO CHRISTMAS By Ina Gjika Alumni Coordinator YES '10, Albania Christmas is ...