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 May 2016 Vol 2, Issue 2
Join the #WhyHostingMatters campaign by uploading your own "Thank you" profile pictures.
We welcome you to join this campaign, which aims to draw attention to the benefits of hosting a State Department high school scholar.  The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and its implementing youth exchange partners are leading the way with the #WhyHostingMatters Social Media Campaign on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, with a different theme each month.  
Oleksandr Shymanko '14
(Ivano-Frankivsk,Ukraine/Oshkosh, WI)
Entrepreneur, innovator, branding designer, and student Oleksandr Shymanko - there are those people who you wonder how they succeed to complete everything with only 24 hours in a day.
Hasmik Tonapetyan '09
Gyumri, Armenia / San Antonio, TX

Hasmik Tonapetyan '09 Brings Her Experience Back to Gyumri. 
'Each experience in my life somehow leads to the other while my main interests remain the same - it's youth work, civic activism and conflict resolution,' Hasmik says.
GYSD Success:  FLEX alumni put the Global in Global Youth Service Day by organizing over 75 service projects across FLEX countries and beyond. Alumni organized projects to develop youth leadership in their communities, reminding participants that they are responsible for making the changes they would like to see in the world.   Two outstanding projects are:  

A very 'Lean On' Welcome for 2016 Alumni by FLEX Alumni of Serbia & Montenegro.

FLEX alumni in Montenegro and Serbia chose a creative way to welcome 2016 alumni. Click  here to watch the video. 
Ever wondered what life looks like after exchange year?
Check out this moving video by FLEX alumni in Georgia as they welcome back recently returned alumni by sharing highlights of  being part of the FLEX alumni community.

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