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A strategic new partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is about to expand AMIDEAST’s efforts to advance the economic empowerment of women in the Middle East and North Africa.  AMIDEAST will soon offer “Skills for Success—Employability Skills for Women” in Jordan and Morocco with funding from the Norwegian government and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs. Implementation in Egypt, Lebanon, and Tunisia will follow, with a total of 450 women — 90 in each of the five countries — to be trained.  Endorsed by the UfM as a key component of its strategy to improve the socioeconomic situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region, the initiative was formally launched during the UfM’s Women’s Socio-Economic Empowerment: Projects for Progress conference, held March 26–27 at its Barcelona headquarters. A strategic new partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is about to expand AMIDEAST’s efforts to advance the economic empowerment of women in the Middle East and North Africa.  AMIDEAST will soon offer “Skills for Success—Employability Skills for Women” in Jordan and Morocco with funding from the Norwegian government and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs. Implementation in Egypt, Lebanon, and Tunisia will follow, with a total of 450 women — 90 in each of the five countries — to be trained.  Endorsed by the UfM as a key component of its strategy to improve the socioeconomic situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region, the initiative was formally launched during the UfM’s Women’s Socio-Economic Empowerment: Projects for Progress conference, held March 26–27 at its Barcelona headquarters.

A strategic new partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is about to expand AMIDEAST’s efforts to advance the economic empowerment of women in the Middle East and North Africa.  AMIDEAST will soon offer “Skills for Success—Employability Skills for Women” in Jordan and Morocco with funding from the Norwegian government and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs.

Teachers of Critical Languages Program

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Program Summary

Through the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP), Egyptian teachers are helping American youth meet the challenges of learning Arabic while enriching the students’ understanding of the region. For three years beginning in 2008, AMIDEAST has worked as a subcontractor to American Councils for International Education to recruit the Egyptian teachers, who spend a year teaching Arabic language and culture for an academic year at primary and secondary schools across the United States. The program, which is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, is also designed to provide the Egyptian teachers with opportunities to learn more about U.S. teaching methodologies, culture, and society, as well as to improve their English language proficiency.

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Kennedy-Lugar YES Program in Bahrain

We are currently accepting applications. Please check this page for updates.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established in October, 2002 and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to provide scholarships for high school students (15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. The program is vital to expanding communication between the people of the United States and the partner countries in the interest of promoting mutual understanding and respect. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

YES Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Live with an American family
  • Study at a U.S. high school
  • Participate in a youth leadership training program
  • Experience U.S.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program in Qatar

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established in October 2002, to provide scholarships for high school students (ages 15 -18 1/2 years) to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. Qatar joined the program in 2005. The program is vital to expanding communication between the people of the United States and its partner countries in the program, in order to promote mutual understanding and respect. Students live with a host family, attend a U.S. high school, and engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

We are not currently accepting applications for 2017 - 2018 for the U.S. Department of State Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. The information below is for reference only. Please check back next year for future opportunities and program recruitment. YES alumni activities in Qatar are still active. If you are a YES alumna/alumnus recruited from Qatar and are interested in participating in alumni activities please contact Rachel Markowitz at rmarkowitz@amideast.org.

Links

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The information made available through links at this Web site are provided as a public service to those visiting our site. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CASP program or AMIDEAST, nor do we assume any responsibility for the content provided on these linked sites.

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Resources for CASP Students

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This site is designed to make it easy for you to access the forms necessary to keep AMIDEAST informed of your progress and to insure that your scholarship benefits remain intact.

Forms for Visas: CASP now prepares form DS-2019, a document generated by the SEVIS Student Tracking System, which was mandated by the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001. When the DS 2019 is issued, you will be officially enrolled in SEVIS. This form entitles you to apply for a J-1 visa. After entering the US and arriving at your university, you must call your AMIDEAST adviser so that we can validate your arrival. If your arrival is not validated, SEVIS will automatically change your status to "no-show." We now issue DS 2019s valid for the duration of your program, thus eliminating the need for annual renewal.

If you travel (e.g. returning home over the winter break) you must send the DS 2019 to AMIDEAST for us to sign under "travel validation." This signature is valid for one year.

Term Course Schedule Form: This form is your CASP preregistration. Just as you preregister for classes each semester for the following semester, you need to complete this form so that your CASP adviser can monitor your academic program. You will receive an e-mail message and a link to this page each semester indicating the date by which your term course schedule is due at AMIDEAST.

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Cyprus-America Scholarship Program (CASP)

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Program Summary

Since 1981, the Cyprus-America Scholarship Program (CASP) has brought thousands of Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot students and professionals to the United States for degree programs and specialized training in fields that are vital to that country’s needs, while also seeking to promote improved communication, confidence, and trust between Turkish- and Greek-Cypriots through special bicommunal activities. The U.S. Department of State-funded initiative seeks to advance Cyprus’ economic and social development through higher education.

Main Goals

  • Expand the human resource capacity of Cyprus by providing opportunities for U.S. study at the undergraduate, and in the past, graduate levels; short-term professional training; and youth enrichment

  • Promote inter-communal understanding through workshops in conflict resolution and specially designed activities that build confidence and trust between individuals from the Turkish- and Greek-Cypriot communities


Highlights

  • AMIDEAST has managed the scholarship programs for nearly 2,000 Cypriots enrolled in U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs through the CASP program.

  • AMIDEAST has planned individualized short-term training programs at U.S. institutions for several hundred mid-career professionals.

  • Hundreds of Cypriot youth have learned valuable lessons designed to improve cooperation and understanding at conflict resolution summer camps in the United States since 1998.

 

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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program

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AMIDEAST is one of five organizations that administer a component of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. This U.S. Department of State-funded scholarship program provides secondary school students in 40 countries spanning throughout the Middle East, Africa, South/Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and South America, the opportunity to live and study in the United States for a full academic year. 

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