State Department Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Future Leaders Exchange Program

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 5, 2013

The U.S. Department of State is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. Since its creation by Congress in 1993, the program has sought to ensure long-lasting friendship and understanding by enabling young people from Eurasian countries to learn about the United States through year-long high school exchanges.

Since 1993, more than 22,000 FLEX students, from 12 Eurasian countries, have received scholarships and spent a year living with American host families. During the program, students engage with their communities, attend high school, share culture, develop leadership skills, and learn about American society. FLEX participants have volunteered more than 1 million hours of service across the United States during the lifetime of the program. Current participating countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

On Thursday, June 6, 180 current students, alumni, host families, and NGO-partners will come to Washington to attend a celebration at the U.S. Department of State. They will be joined by Members of Congress at a formal reception on Capitol Hill, hosted by Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock.

For more information, please contact Anna Griffin, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, at Follow the celebrations on Twitter using #FLEX20.

PRN: 2013/0688