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WASHINGTON, DC - June 3, 2011 - American Councils for International Education was recently named to Nonprofit Times' second annual list of the "50 Best Nonprofit Organizations To Work For" in America, a prestigious group that includes the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer's Association and the Natural Resources Defense Council. American Councils placed 37th in the ranking, and 13th out of 20 medium-sized organizations.
In early May, a senior-level U.S. delegation representing US business and academia attended this year's "From Science to Business" Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Forum, now in its fifth year, closely monitors current trends in cooperation on innovation between academe and the private sector and was co-organize this year by a Russian EURECA grantee institution, the St. Petersburg University for Information, Technology and Optics (ITMO).
Youth engagement and community service has always been a hallmark of American Councils' exchange programs, and this year's Global Youth Service Day, held on April 15-17, brought an extraordinary number of volunteers together to engage in service projects throughout Eurasia and Southeastern Europe, from A to Z - Albania to Zaporizhzhya - and hundreds of points in between. American Councils and its network of youth and alumni have been strong supporters of Global Youth Service Day for many years, and with a formalized partnership this year, they engaged a total of 119,549 participants in 14 countries - over a quarter of all volunteers for 2011.
The April 26 San Francisco Chronicle article “Afghan teen makes harrowing trek to study in U.S.,” highlights the remarkable journey of Mohammed Anwar from Afghanistan to California for a year of high school. In 2009, Anwar had been one of 37 exceptional Afghan students chosen by the U.S. State Department to participate in the YES program, administered by American Councils, which brings students from Muslim nations to live with a host family and attend high school. Anwar spent his senior year at Berkeley High, joyfully graduating with the Class of 2010. But in the annals of classroom experiences, few compared with the one from childhood he recalled in his college essay.
Philanthropist George Soros has awarded a challenge grant in the amount of $250,000 to the Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) to provide short- and medium-term training to businesses in Kosovo, with the goal of increasing employment opportunities for Kosovars. The grant requires KAEF to raise an equal amount through donations from individuals and businesses in Kosovo and the U.S. The grant was made through Mr. Soros' Emergency Fund, a $100 million source of funds he established in the wake of the global financial crisis to help shield the countries of Eastern and Central Europe from the impact of the unfolding economic downturn.