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News - Youth For Understanding USA

Latest news about Youth for Understanding USA student exchange programs worldwide – Events – Partnerships.

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YFU USA Selects Grand Forks Native Andrew Towne for 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

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Towne Recognized for Service to Non-Profit Organization YFU USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/25/17

CONTACTS: Jennifer McKendree mckendree@yfu.org

Andrew Towne andrewtowne@gmail.com

Washington, DC, (October 25, 2017) Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA) nominated Grand Forks native Andrew Towne to be this year’s recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award. In a ceremony held at YFU’s Washington, DC office on October 5, 2017, Mr. Towne was recognized for his significant contributions to the organization, joining a distinguished list of alumni whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy and mission of YFU.

 “Andrew is the epitome of how YFU’s exchange experience can impact one’s life. It has driven him mentally and physically in his pursuit of both personal and professional goals.  Additionally, Andrew’s tireless efforts of giving back to YFU through his Board service and fundraising achievements is not only inspiring but remarkable,” said YFU USA President and CEO Scott Messing. A YFU USA Board member, Andrew’s YFU journey began as a Congress-Bundestag Exchange Scholar to Germany. After college, Towne began volunteering with YFU USA as an International Student Area Representative and Orientation Leader, and as a Study Abroad Recruiter and Interviewer. As a YFU alum, Andrew has raised nearly $70,000 for the organization through various fundraising campaigns.

Andrew earned his Masters of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School as a Morgenthau Scholar, Friedman Scholar, and Institute of Law and Economics Scholar. A member of the Minnesota Bar, Towne has worked for Goldman Sachs, CarVal Investors, the Central Intelligence Agency, General Dynamics Corporation, and currently is a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. 

Amongst Mr. Towne’s impressive accomplishments is a 2017 summit of Mt. Everest to raise need-based scholarship funds for YFU USA.  This most recent accomplishment followed a heroic previous attempt that was disrupted when a 7.8 earthquake hit on April 25, 2015.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Andrew Towne 

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Andrew Towne 

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 55 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, in partnership with corporations, government entities, foundations and individuals, offers over 200 full and partial merit-based scholarships and needs-based financial aid to students every year.  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

Howell High School Principal Receives YFU Education Innovation Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/12/17

CONTACTS: Christina Mazzanti cmazzanti@yfu.org

Thomas Gould gouldt@HowellSchools.com

 

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.” 

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 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.

Jason Schrock, Principal Howell High School and Scott Messing, President and CEO YFU USA September 12, 2017

Jason Schrock, Principal Howell High School and Scott Messing, President and CEO YFU USA September 12, 2017