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News - Youth For Understanding USA

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Iowa Governor recognizes YFU's 60th Anniversary

Jennifer McKendree

YFU USA Formal Ceremony in Iowa on April 7th, 2011

Des Moines, IA:  YFU USA Heartland District Director Ganesh Ganpat, District Office staff members, host families and an exchange student attended a formal signing ceremony on April 7th, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa in recognition of YFU USA’s 60th Anniversary.  YFU USA has been a leader in international student exchange, facilitating 250,000 exchanges among 60 nations.

The formal signing ceremony is part of an outreach program with the objective of reaching out to every governor in support of YFU’s 60th anniversary. With more than 12,000 volunteers, more than 2,000 exchanges each year, and the support from staff across the nation, YFU remains successful in preparing young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world. 

YFU USA’s 60th Anniversary is taking place on Founder’s Day, April 8th, 2011. The formal signing ceremony took place at Iowa’s Statehouse on April 7th,. For more information regarding the formal signing ceremony, please contact the Heartland District at 515-276-6301.  

Attending the signing were:


David and Nancy Boyd (Host Family) with Agnes Marcusson (student from Sweden) 
Jan Buckman (Support Service Manager) 
Julia Carlo (Greater Iowa Field Director) 
Pastor Duck Chang Chu and Gloria (HF) with Do-Hyun Kim (student from South Korea) 
June Froehle (District Office Coordinator) 
Ganesh Ganpat (Heartland District Director) 
John Jordan (Support Service Manager) 
Jessica Mckellip (Placement Specialist) 
Mary Wennerstrum (District Coordinator for Recruitment and Development) 
Ella Williams (Volunteer)


Iowa Proclamation


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