Can Kids Bring Peace to the Middle East?
Can we all get along?
A desire to expose students to different cultures, and the true Israel, gave rise to the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program (YASE). Each year groups of students from the U.S. visit Israel, and vice versa. Dr. Charlotte Frank, AIFL’s chair of the executive committee, was in on the ground floor of the program that today remains with the program’s earliest participants. “The impact it has on educators, and students, is powerful,” Frank says. The goal at the beginning remains largely unchanged, due to the success of the program, and for Frank, the method is simple. They mix Israeli, Arab and American kids together.