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June 19, 2014, Washington, D.C. - “Good morning. What a great energy – I love it!” boomed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wearing a bright pink tie and a beaming smile as he greeted 613 high school students from center stage of the Dean Acheson auditorium at the U.S. Department of State.

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After a successful summer camp last year, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has announced its renewed support of the Youth Solidarity and English Language (YSEL) program in Ethiopia. For this year’s camp, 44 individuals were competitively selected from each of Ethiopia’s 11 diverse regions.

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As part of their community service activities, alumni of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program participated in a professional development opportunity in June. The workshop titled Transformational Leadership Training, brought 21 alumni from North and West Africa to Rabat, Morocco and 25 alumni from the Middle East and Afghanistan to Amman, Jordan, included eight online sessions and a three-day in-person workshop.

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