Javidan Alayi, a World Link-placed, Future Leaders Exchange student from Azerbaijan, has shown real dedication to developing youth leadership skills, both his own and those around him. Already a Boy Scout in Azerbaijan, Alayi wanted to continue gaining the benefits of this youth development organization while sharing his experiences with young scouts in his host community. Upon arrival in the United States, Javidan began volunteering for local Boy Scout troops. Since then he has become an official member of Boy Scout Troop #3302 of America, a Scout Master Assistant, his troop’s Outdoor Ethics Guide, and was highlighted on the Official World Scout Organization’s website.
Javidan’s positive influence on the young scouts was expressed by Assistant Scout Master, Curtis Baird - “Javidan brings a unique perspective to scouts since he is a scout in his home country. The boys really enjoy it… Javidan is an excellent role model and has done a lot for the troop as a whole.”
Outside of scouts, Javidan has undertaken over 128 hours of community service, shelving books at the public library, serving meals to the homeless, visiting with veterans, and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA average and being an active member in Key Club and FBLA. Javidan has built a bridge between the people in his home country and Americans in his host community. During his exchange year, he has given over 30 cultural presentations, while also staying connected and sharing his American experiences with the U.S. Embassy in Baku. The Embassy has shared his experiences on social media with their Azerbaijani followers, making Javidan a true Youth Ambassador.