Edison, NJ - Manvi Sinvhal, a rising junior at J.P. Stevens High School, was selected as a Finalist for the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship and is spending the 2019-2020 school year overseas in Jordan’s capital city, Amman.

The prestigious and highly competitive scholarship provides the opportunity for global exploration in a manner that can only be achieved by spending a significant amount of time in a foreign nation in a way that allows integration into society.

Ms. Sinvhal is living with a host family and attending a local International high school where she can engage with the community to learn about Jordan’s society, culture and values while simultaneously educating others about her own values as an Indian American.

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The YES Abroad program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and strives to promote mutual understanding between the United States and other countries.  The program was established by the U.S. Congress following the events of September 11, 2001 to foster compassion and tolerance in order to strengthen ties with countries with significant Muslim populations. Starting in 2009, the YES Abroad program was established in order to offer U.S. students (15-18 years) an opportunity to spend an academic year in select YES countries.

Ms. Sinvhal is currently working on learning the local Arabic dialect and honing her leadership and cross- cultural communication skills as a student ambassador for the United States. In the upcoming year, she hopes to gain a deeper understanding of herself and the world around her by pushing her limits and expanding her horizons.