Greenheart Exchange is a designated administrator of the U.S. Department of State FLEX and YES programs for international high school exchange students.


Greenheart Exchange is designated to administer the FLEX and YES Grant programs for international high school exchange students. Both programs are administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of nonprofit organizations led by American Councils for International Education.

Hosting a FLEX or YES Exchange Student

Bring more understanding to the world by starting with your family and community! FLEX and YES students are recruited and selected as the top students in their home countries. They go through a rigorous selection process before they are awarded a scholarship to participate in the program.

Here are just a few reasons why you should host a FLEX or YES student:

  • FLEX and YES students arrive eager to learn more about American values and ideals.
  • They are required to participate in activities that teach civic responsibility.
  • FLEX and YES students hope to serve as effective ambassadors and to bring stereotypical barriers down in communities across the United States.

Fill our our “Host Now” inquiry form to get started!

About the FLEX Program

The Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) was established in 1992 shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. The program provides an opportunity for students to gain leadership experience, learn about American society, and foster mutual understanding across cultures.

FLEX students are from the following countries (may vary annually): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

The Department of State recognizes that youth exchange is a key component to building bridges between citizens of the U.S. and countries around the world.

About the YES Program

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) was established in October 2002, in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The program awards scholarships to high school students from countries with a significant Muslim population.

YES students come from more than 40 countries.

Application Information for Participants

Interested participants should apply through American Councils, as Greenheart Exchange only acts as an approved placement organization but is not responsible for recruitment of participants.