Expanding Global Understanding

AMIDEAST is actively engaged in a number of initiatives that are helping to expand global understanding "one person at a time."

Exchange programs for young people who otherwise would not have the opportunity to live in and directly experience American culture and society continue to be one of the best ways we know to build bridges of international understanding between Americans and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Our work in this area includes:

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was created by Congress in the aftermath of 9/11 to foster cross-cultural understanding. Since the first YES students came to the United States in 2004, more than 1,800 youths from countries with significant Muslim populations have participated in this highly successful U.S. Department of State initiative through AMIDEAST. [ + ]

Cyprus-America Scholarship Program (CASP)

The Cyprus-America Scholarship Program (CASP) has brought thousands of Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot students and professionals to the United States since its creation in 1981. Participants enroll in 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. [ + ]

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP)

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. [ + ]

BiCommunal Support Program (BSP)

The BSP was established in August 2000 as part of the U.S. effort to encourage cooperation between Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot professionals and community leaders through bicommunal activities that emphasize a political settlement. [ + ]