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YFU Named Recipient of Distinguished Partner Award

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On September 6th, YFU was honored by Atlas Corps as an outstanding Global Partner. We are proud to host Atlas Fellows, and were thrilled to see our fellows Deepa and Olga "graduate" at the ceremony. We are incredibly grateful to collaborate with such committed changemakers.

YFU has been a great partner of Atlas Corps and an amazing Host to our Atlas Corps Fellows. Our Fellows have expressed great appreciation of YFU and their teams for providing them with countless professional development opportunities including their commitment towards integrating Fellows into pivotal roles that advance the YFU mission. We are excited to continue strengthening our five-year partnership which as already contributed to the growth and development of three emerging global leaders in just two short years.
— Scott Beale, Atlas Corps Founder & CEO

YFU to Welcome 1,000+ Japanese Students to U.S. for Weeklong Exchanges

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Youth For Understanding and Japan International Cooperation Center partner to introduce Japanese students to the U.S. as a part of the Government of Japan’s Kakehashi Project

Washington, DC (September 7, 2016) – Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) have partnered to welcome more than 1,000 high school and university students through a program for weeklong short-term exchanges in multiple U.S. cities. First introduced in 2013 the Kakehashi Project is a youth exchange initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and coordinated through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to further increase mutual understanding between the peoples of Japan and the United States.

The students and schools selected to participate in this prestigious program will serve as citizen diplomats between Japan and the U.S., learning to appreciate differences and embrace similarities. Simultaneously, these future leaders will form life-long networks and relationships, while also broadening their perspectives and developing leadership competencies necessary to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of a fast-changing global community.

Participant groups will include students from all across Japan. Students will begin arriving in November 2016 and continue through March 2017. Six primary U.S. cities – Seattle, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Washington, DC – will host the majority of the groups. Ten additional cities, where there is a high school reciprocity arrangement between U.S. high schools and their Japanese counterparts, will be announced at a later date.

Established in 1977, JICE has worked for nearly four decades to support the growth of human resources by sharing knowledge and experience, for our world and for the future. Since the launch of the Kakehashi Project in 2013, JICE has been involved in the promotion of international exchanges between Japan and the United States through invitation and dispatch programs of exceptional persons from both countries. According to JICE President, Sachiko Yamano, “By partnering with YFU in 2016, we look forward to further strengthening Japan-U.S. relations, and becoming a bridge – a Kakehashi – ourselves as well."

YFU President Michael E. Hill hailed the new partnership as a sign of YFU’s overall growth strategy.  “We are honored to partner with JICE on this important citizen engagement program,” Hill said. “Japan was one of the first YFU partners shortly after our founding, and this program is an important link toward continued and expanded ties between the people of the United States and Japan.”

Heading this new initiative is veteran YFU team member Mamiko Hada. In this new role she will serve as Program Director for JICE, providing program oversight and design.  

“YFU USA is excited to enter into this joint cooperation with JICE. I am extremely fortunate and quite proud to announce Mamiko Hada has agreed to take on the role as Project Director in our work with the Kakehashi project,” said David Barber, YFU USA Vice President of Programs. “I have no doubt that Mamiko will continue to demonstrate the excellent approach to collegial customer support and service that has exemplified her tenure with YFU in other capacities. I have every confidence that the JICE staff will enjoy her vigor and careful attention to detail, which will make this an excellent experience for the participants, volunteers and staff in both Japan and the United States who collaborate on this unique opportunity. We are looking forward to hearing some of the amazing stories that we know will come from this endeavor!”

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About YFU
For learners of all ages who want a life-changing cultural exchange experience, Youth For Understanding (YFU) offers a wide range of opportunities to see the world up close. The global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 70 different countries, is united by the belief that curiosity about the world expands cultural awareness and acceptance of other ways to live, which leads to broader perspective and greater understanding.

YFU’s unique intercultural exchanges open minds and hearts, enable learning that transforms lives, change the way you see the world and help to overcome stereotypes. Selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange program, YFU has remained a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs since 1951 because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services. 

YFU advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. 

For information about exchange opportunities with YFU, including scholarships, hosting an international student, volunteering, or community cultural tours please call 1.800.TEENAGE or visit YFUUSA.org.

About JICE
The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) has been involved in various international cooperation activities mainly for developing countries since its establishment in 1977. JICE’s primary work includes the management of international training courses entrusted by ministries and agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), universities, local governments, public and private organizations, international organizations and foreign governments; youth exchange programs, program assistance for students from overseas, dispatching interpreters, Japanese language lessons, supporting conventions, seminars and projects, and operation of supporting developmental education. The organization contributes to the development of not only developing countries but also international community through the implementation of the activities for strengthening mutually beneficial partnership between foreign countries and Japan. With the motto “Share knowledge and experience. For our world. For the future”, JICE links “Japan’s technology, knowledge and experience” to the world and promotes development of future global leaders by deepening mutual understandings and learning together with the people in the world. Along with a staff of 254, JICE has 1087 translators who specialize in 31 languages and engage in formulation, investigation, research, implementation and evaluation of projects by using their accumulated experiences and knowledge. Visit
sv2.jice.org to learn more.

 

International Exchange Students Across the U.S. Receive Language Learning Resources from Rosetta Stone

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Youth For Understanding and Rosetta Stone kick-off year-long partnership to help prepare 100 students embarking on study abroad programs

Washington, DC (August 9, 2016) – To help prepare U.S. students embarking on cultural exchanges abroad, Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST), the innovative leader in helping millions around the globe become proficient in a new language, has partnered with Youth For Understanding USA (YFU), to provide 100 students participating in a YFU program access to its trusted language learning programs. Digital access will be distributed to needs-based students identified by YFU traveling to various countries in the coming year. Twenty of these licenses have already been allocated to local Washington, DC area students who participated in a 2016 summer program to Belgium.

YFU knows that curiosity about the world expands cultural awareness and acceptance of other ways to live and to learn, which leads to broader perspective and greater global understanding. While not all YFU exchange programs require language proficiency, through Rosetta Stone, many students will now have a robust tool to begin speaking in the language of their host country, right from the very first lesson. The language training provided is fully mobile so students can continue their lessons while abroad and on-the-go on their phones or tablet devices, increasing overall community, family and educational engagement.

Lisa Frumkes, Head of Language Learning Products at Rosetta Stone, has fond memories of her personal experience in YFU’s Belgium program, noting, “The experiences that YFU afforded me are the reason I have devoted my life and career to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. My experience as a 15-year-old high school junior living in French-speaking Belgium with a host family for a year directly led me to where I am today—the head of Language Learning Products for the most well-known and successful online language-learning company on the planet. I’m thrilled to see Rosetta Stone helping to prepare more students for their journey abroad as I know first-hand how critical communication is to really get the full experience in the host country.”

YFU USA President & CEO Michael E. Hill added, “We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Rosetta Stone to provide our students with their powerful language immersion tools and look forward to continued collaboration. This important resource will help them prepare to better communicate in their host communities. At YFU, we believe it is within local communities that we will make a global impact and help create a more peaceful world.”

Since 1951, YFU has been a global leader in nonprofit international exchanges, advancing intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. Exchange teaches skills that cannot be learned in any other way.

“By hosting each others’ children, we come to understand our similarities are greater than our differences. A major component in a successful exchange includes the exposure to language for a true immersion. Our programs focus on increasing tolerance, reducing violence, helping to eliminate stereotypes and reinforcing our common humanity, and thanks to Rosetta Stone, our participants will have a head start in taking the first step towards becoming global citizens,” noted Hill.

YFU actively seeks to partner with businesses and like-minded organizations. This new relationship with Rosetta Stone is just the beginning as YFU aims to secure additional resources in the coming months to best enable students to experience the world around them. For additional information on YFU, visit www.YFUUSA.org. Additional information on Rosetta Stone can be found online at www.rosettastone.com.

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About YFU
For learners of all ages who want a life-changing cultural exchange experience, Youth For Understanding (YFU) offers a wide range of opportunities to see the world up close. The global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 70 different countries, is united by the belief that curiosity about the world expands cultural awareness and acceptance of other ways to live, which leads to broader perspective and greater understanding.

YFU’s unique intercultural exchanges open minds and hearts, enable learning that transforms lives, change the way you see the world and help to overcome stereotypes. Selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange program, YFU has remained a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs since 1951 because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services.

YFU advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities.

For information about exchange opportunities with YFU, including scholarships, hosting an international student, volunteering, or community cultural tours please call 1.800.TEENAGE or visit YFUUSA.org.
 

About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on-the-go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the company's Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designers to be fun and help keep your brain sharp.

Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world. For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

YFU USA
Alicia Kubert Smith
Communications Manager
akubert@yfu.org

Rosetta Stone
Michelle Alvarez
Head of Global Communications
malvarez@rosettastone.com