The Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Programs were created shortly after 9/11 for the purpose of bridging the Muslim world with the United States. YES Program students hailed from predominantly Muslim countries and were placed in an American city for the duration of a school year where they lived with a local host family and attended high school. Prior to and at the end of their school year, all 400 students traveled to Washington, DC for an orientation and re-entry conference. The conferences consisted of cultural learning, sight-seeing, educational workshops and talks from special guests.
Attendance: 400 students from 15+ countries,
Location: Washington, DC
Role: Lead Producer/Operations Manager in charge of all onsite logistics including venue management, housing on campus at American University, sight-seeing activities around the city, transportation, training and managing 30+ student counselors and operations coordinators.