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News - Youth For Understanding USA

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

YFU Alum Nominated to Lead U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Sylvia Matthews Burwell tapped as next U.S. Health Secretary


Bethesda, MD (April 15, 2014) – Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) is excited to share that a member of its alumni, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, who was a YFU scholarship recipient to Japan in 1982, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Burwell is currently the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to this appointment, she was President of the WalMart Foundation and before that, spent 10 years with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during which time she served as their Chief Operating Officer and President of the Global Development Program.

“YFU programs engage young people in incredible leadership development and instill in participants a deep sense of international understanding and public diplomacy. We are so proud of what Secretary-designate Burwell has already accomplished and are grateful for the example she sets of the limitless potential of YFU participants to serve as key leaders of tomorrow,” said Michael E. Hill, President & CEO of YFU.


About YFU
Youth For Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. The global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 60 different countries, is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society. 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 for more than 60 years because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services.

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