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News - Youth For Understanding USA

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

Colorado Governor Proclaims April 8 YFU Day

Jennifer McKendree

State Capitol Ceremony on April 8th to Recognize Youth For Understanding Day

Denver, CO April 6, 2011:  Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed April 8th as Youth For Understanding Day in Colorado. Youth For Understanding (YFU), a nonprofit, international education organization, will celebrate its 60th Anniversary on Friday, April 8, 2011. On this day at 9:15 am, Lt. Governor Garcia will hold a ceremony on the front steps of the State Capitol to recognize Colorado YFU Day. YFU local volunteers along with YFU President, Mike Finnell, District Director, Tim Lucas, Colorado Field Director, Stephanie Gregg will be available for interviews and will provide more information about YFU exchange programs in Colorado.

50 Students will be coming to Colorado this fall, and 15 students from Finland will spend 5 weeks in Colorado this summer in cooperation with the Center for International Mobility and the American Embassy in Finland. Bruce Oreck, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, is from Colorado, and is also the patron of this prestigious scholarship program.
YFU has been a leader in international student exchange facilitating 250,000 exchanges among 60 nations over the past six decades. With more than 12,000 volunteers worldwide and more than 4,200 exchanges each year, YFU remains an industry leader as it works to prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world.  

YFU offers young people the adventure of a lifetime—the opportunity to explore other countries and cultures, master new languages, and discover themselves. Over the past six decades, American-outbound students have hailed from every state in the nation and a total of 55,000 American families have opened their homes and hearts to host an international teenager.

    For more information about YFU or to arrange for a host family or international student interview in your community, please contact Colorado Field Director Stephanie Gregg at 970.227.7426 or email at


Colorado Proclamation


Check out other states who have offered proclamations and congratulations to YFU on our 60th Anniversary.