September 2017 Edition
News - Youth For Understanding USA
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Youth For Understanding USA Selects Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock for
Education Innovation 2017 Award
Howell, MI, (September 12, 2017) Youth For Understanding USA Intercultural Exchange Programs (YFU) nominated Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock to be this year’s recipient of its Education Innovation Award. In a ceremony held at Howell High School on September 12, 2017, Principal Schrock was recognized for his significant contributions to the field of education through service, commitment and deepening the experience of cultural exchange for students.
“YFU enjoys the support of educators throughout the US and across our 70 partner countries,” said YFU President and CEO Scott Messing, “but Principal Schrock stands out for his tireless decades of dedication to fostering the YFU mission of advancing intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through exchanges for youth, families, and communities here in Howell.” Since 1995, prior to becoming principal of the school, Jason Schrock has been instrumental in welcoming 49 YFU exchange students into the school community and endorsing a culture of international awareness and global citizenship throughout the school. YFU exchange students attending Howell for the school year have included German, Italian, Chinese, French, and Finnish nationalities among many others.
“Each year, Mr. Schrock welcomes exchange students from around the world to Howell High School. He works incredibly hard to help build meaningful connections between the school’s resident student body and the exchange students. He also strives to ensure that each exchange student feels comfortable and welcome in the school,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent.
The award ceremony was attended by Howell Public Schools administrators, Howell High School staff members and this year’s YFU exchange students from Korea, Germany, Thailand and Japan as well as their host families.
A commemorative display case donated to Howell High School by YFU will be a prominent reminder of the central and ongoing role international exchange plays in fulfilling Howell Public Schools’ motto of “Empowering students to be successful citizens.”
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 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. 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. www.yfuusa.org
YFU advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities.
About Howell Schools
Howell Public Schools is a traditional K-12 public school district location in Howell, Michigan that serves more than 7,100 students attend Howell Public Schools. The district is made up of six elementary schools, two middle schools a Freshman Campus and a 10-12 building. Students at Howell Public Schools are taught by highly qualified teachers and have access to a wide range of educational opportunities including Project Based Learning, Leadership programs, an early college program and career and technical education courses.
A message from Scott Messing, President & CEO of YFU USA
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The summer I graduated high school (in Berkley, Michigan), I spent two months in Japan through the YFU program. That summer I fell in love with Japan and with my host family, especially my Japanese “mother”. Thanks to that experience, Japan has become my second home and that family my second family, up to this day. I have lived in Japan twice, for two years apiece – once in a tiny farming village at the foot of Mt. Fuji and once in the center of Tokyo. Thanks to these experiences, my Japanese is fluent. I have also maintained a close relationship with my Japanese family (my “mother” in particular) and have visited there fourteen times in the last 30 years, usually for a full month. Beyond that, my seminal experience in Japan as a 17-year-old ignited an interest in other cultures in general, and I have spent a total of 10 years living abroad, in such countries as Nepal, India, Spain, and Latin America. I also spent ten years in San Francisco teaching English to immigrants and refugees.
The most enduring and enriching legacy of my time as a YFU exchange student has been my relationship with my Japanese mother. Aside from being a well-known crusader for the peace movement, she is an avid appreciator of all things human – culture, history, art, cuisine, you name it. Her enthusiasm for so many things has inspired me and enriched my life. My first visit to Japan was 52 years ago – in 1965. My most recent visit with my Japanese mother – now 98 – was this month. She is failing, physically and mentally, and I am now the one who takes care of her – I cook her meals, prepare her baths, clean her house. I couldn’t possibly repay all that she has given me. Nor could I repay what YFU gave me that first summer abroad.
Eric Burton (YFU Japan ’65)