On Friday, Feb. 17, Muslim exchange students from Turkey, Palestine, Kuwait and Egypt will participate in a public forum at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall. They are attending Thunder Mountain High School on scholarships provided by the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Program. They will talk about their culture, share some of their Juneau experiences, and discuss their role as student ambassadors for their countries.
The YES program is funded by grants administered by the State Department and focuses on student diplomacy between the United States and 38 countries that have significant Muslim populations. It was created by congressional legislation following the events of September 11, 2001. YES is intended to encourage participating youth, their teachers and classmates, parents and community leaders to engage in bridge building conversations that will promote increased understanding and tolerance between cultures.
Muslim Student Ambassadors in Juneau is co-sponsored by the Juneau People for Peace and Justice and UAS. The event will be moderated by David Noon, professor of history at UAS. It begins at 7 pm.