Former YES Scholar continues Volunteer Work


It all started in 2010 when I was selected as a YES scholar. I travel to the United States to study for one academic year. As an Exchange Student, I was placed in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Youth for Understanding USA as my Placement Organization. I lived with the Lipka/Greeley Family and attended Ann Arbor Public School (Skyline).

At school, I learned and experienced new things that enabled me to discover more about myself. With the help of my host family, I learned about the American culture and shared Liberian culture through volunteerism. Looking back at sub-Sahara Africa especially Liberia where I came from, I was very passionate about making change in my Community back home.

With this idea of a community based project and the tireless effort of my host parents and area representative Jenny McKillop, I was able to do a book project in order to establish reading room back home that enables students have access to books for research. Countless people in the Ann Arbor community contributed over a 1000 textbooks and novels to the reading room project.

Returning home as YES Alumni, I realized that a lot has changed about me such as having more tolerance, being open minded, self-confident and positive about making the difference in my community. I than teamed up with the other alumni to embark community services such as setting up the reading room and promoting it, civil education on road safety regulation, awareness of peaceful and non-violence election, enhancing student and young woman capacity among other project.
Over the year, the reading room has been great help to high school students and the general public. Students who use the reading room for research and home work assignment often appreciated the effort of every individual that donated books and contributed to the project. Some students recommend that iearn-Liberia, YES Alumni, and all those that help during the books drift might help again by adding one or two laptop computer with internet to access to the library resources.

It is in this light that the YES Alumni are asking to help buy one or two second handed computer to put it in the reading room for the students. The executive director of Iearn-Liberia has promised to help with internet access.

– Mohammed: Exchange Student from Liberia to Michigan

Mohammeds Library Flyer 2013


About Youth For Understanding USA

Youth For Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. The global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 60 different countries, is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society. YFU has remained a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs for more than 60 years because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services. Backed by a global team of volunteers, YFU provides cultural education and guidance to all participants. Selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange program, YFU is the only organization awarded full-listing for J-1 inbound, outbound and short term exchange by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). Through creating global learning opportunities, YFU has promoted international understanding and world peace to more than 250,000 students and their host families. Thousands of parents across the globe trust YFU with their teenagers every year, and thousands of students every year choose YFU to help them discover their inner selves.
This entry was posted in Studying Abroad. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Former YES Scholar continues Volunteer Work

  1. austrargentina says:

    It is always amazing to see, what an exchange year can change in the people… But to see, that those people are than changing the world is still more impressive! Thanks to YFU to give us that chance!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s