2017 YES Cohort Ready to Conquer the World

YES Exchange participants, with U.S. Embassy and AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia staff, pose for a group photo. (U.S. Embassy photo)
Chargé Kagan chats with YES Exchange participants. (U.S. Embassy photo)
Chargé Kagan chats with YES Exchange participants. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The U.S. Embassy welcomed forty-five Malaysian high school students, selected to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Studies (YES) program for 2017, for a briefing on educational programs and a lunch hosted by Chargé d’Affaires Edgard Kagan. The half-day event included the participants’ visa interviews and introductions to the State Department’s alumni network, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), and EducationUSA advising services.

Following the briefings, the YES participants joined YES alumni, staff from AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia, and officers from the Political, Economic, and Consular sections of the Embassy for a lunch of burgers and fries hosted by Chargé d’Affaires Kagan.  At the lunch, Chargé Kagan congratulated the students and encouraged them to take advantage of the many opportunities they will encounter in the United States.

Participants in the YES exchange program were selected from all over Malaysia, including Sabah and Sarawak. The participants will travel to the U.S. in January 2017 to begin studying at American high schools, and living with host families, located across the United States.