About the NSLI for YOUTH
The NSLI for YOUTH (NSLI-Y), a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y prepares youth to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that our young generations have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning.
RAF’s NSLI-Y programs combine RAF’s mission of promoting a non-partisan bilateral dialogue and the goals of the NSLI for YOUTH program, as relating to Russia:
To improve the ability of Americans to engage with the people of Russian-speaking countries through shared language
To empower American youth with advanced linguistic skills and related cultural understanding so that they able to advance international dialogue and compete effectively in the global economy
To spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures among American youth