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  1. Volunteering to Create Change

    I learned to see things that I never noticed before. I became a new person ready to do something good and helpful for people.

  2. Creating Change for the Disabled

    Yerasyl Toleugazimov, a citizen of Kazakhstan, spent his junior year of high school in Lacey and summarized his experience saying, "I learned new things that changed me."

  3. Fulbright Foreign Student Works on Oscar-Nominated Film

    Ricardo Marmolejo shares how the Fulbright Foreign Student program helped him fill a gap in his education.

  4. A Lesson in Politics and Compassion

    It’s just amazing to learn how the government works here. I was a legislative page for two weeks in the state legislature and that was something I never imagined.

  5. A-SMYLE Student of the Month — March 2013

    Some of the greatest experiences I have had in America are connected to volunteering and helping others.

  6. Minh on a Montana Farm

    Minh Dang of Vietnam set specific goals for himself while participating in the Professional Fellow’s Economic Empowerment Program.

  7. Building Strong Ties Through Friendship

    A “teacher at heart,” John Balsam has long been interested in hosting international visitors. Sharing his experiences with them and learning from them, he says, has given him a new perspective on the United States and the challenges it faces.

  8. From Professional Fellow to Lifelong Friend

    Leslie Jensen, Vice President and Commercial Banker at First Interstate Bank, has always been interested in learning more about people and places outside of the United States. After hearing about the Professional Fellows Economic Empowerment Program, she felt a strong connection to the goals of the program and decided to host a participant from Burma.

  9. My Colorado Cultural Experience

    Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program participant Anastasiya engaged in many activities in her new city, volunteering in an animal shelter, participating in sports teams, and helping students with disabilities.

  10. Building a Future Through Technology

    Sura Mubarak is a true TechGirl—developing a robotics project to help people with hand disabilities control a computer and starting a volunteering organization. Sura knew that in order to pursue her love of robotics, a trip to the United States was in her future.


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