The Youth Ambassador Student Exchange and Citizenship Through Sports Exchange are at the core of the AIFL’s future leadership delegations. The conferences, workshops and educational seminars within these programs provide the framework for enduring bi-national ties. Through these activities we change perceptions of high school students – our future leaders – changing lives and building a network of enduring support and understanding.
Youth Ambassador Student Exchange (YASE) Program
AIFL is a leading innovator in education and cultural diversity. Since 1977, its Youth Ambassador Student Exchange (YASE) Program has given groups of American public high school students of diverse backgrounds, nationalities, religions and ethnicities the opportunity to participate in a one-month study exchange program between the U.S. and Israel.
YASE, the only formal bilateral public secondary school program, working in partnership with the Israel Youth Exchange Authority. The unique YASE experience helps students develop better awareness of the social, political and economic issues in both countries. YASE’s goal is to strengthen ties between the people of the U.S. and Israel. More than 5,000 American and Israeli high school students have enrolled in the program, both as participants and hosts.
U.S. – ISRAEL CITIZENSHIP THROUGH SPORTS EXCHANGE
Building character and addressing school violence
The U.S.-Israel Citizenship Through Sports Exchange (CTSE) offers young American and Israeli student-athletes a valuable means of applying their background in sports by becoming active citizens.
Since 2000, CTSE has generated cross-cultural dialogue among American and Israeli student athletes. One of our most dynamic programs, CTSE encourages students to openly address the issues affecting their lives, communities and schools. CTSE has directly involved hundreds of American and Israeli high school student athletes, and has influenced hundreds more in their schools, communities and clubs.