Check out the highlights from our 2016 Celebration

2016 YFU Celebration: 65th Anniversary

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU), a global leader in nonprofit educational exchanges, celebrated its 65th anniversary on October 26th with a reception at its national headquarters in Washington, DC, chaired by Board of Trustees member, Gloria Garcia. Proceeds from the event support YFU’s Financial Aid Fund for American students to study abroad. Dignitaries from area embassies [Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and Paraguay], YFU’s Board of Trustees, along with visiting international YFU Partner Directors and friends gathered to honor this milestone event. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of eight national awards. 



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Check out the highlights from our 2015 Gala


YFU is grateful to all of our 2015 sponsors, guests and advocates who made our 2nd annual fundraising gala a success. The evening cocktail reception and dinner gala, chaired by YFU Board of Trustee members, Hon. (Ret.) U.S. Ambassador Laurence Wohlers and COO and CFO of Global Giving Jennifer Sigler helped to raise funds to increase need-based scholarships for students to study abroad, develop new programming opportunities, and provide volunteer enrichment. Our sincere thanks to our premier sponsors Sony Corporation and Kikkoman whose continuing support allows YFU to make exchange accessible to a wider audience. YFU was honored to welcome Minister for Public Affairs for the Embassy of Japan, Masato Otaka; New York Times best-selling author Amanda Ripley; Dean of Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Marci Tuzinsky (who was presented the 2015 Award for Education Innovation); along with recently returned YFU alumnus Gus Ruppert who each reflected on the importance of the exchange experience. YFU extends its sincere gratitude to our distinguished speakers who candidly shared personal stories and articulated the importance of citizen diplomacy in today’s world. 

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