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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Online Resources from FLO

FLO has added several new online resources for Foreign Service families:

Each month, FLO’s Education and Youth team will be highlighting and linking to timely articles and resources they’d like to share. Look for these “Learn More” items on the right side of FLO’s education webpage (http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c1958.htm). For May, you’ll find links to an article about encouraging a love of reading and links to websites with current information about activities for children returning to the Washington area.

FLO’s Crisis Management and Support team has created two useful checklists to help families with personal preparedness. You can download and print FLO’s 72 Hour Emergency Kit and Go Bag and Grab Bag from FLO’s contingency planning webpage (http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c23132.htm). Whether you are at post or transitioning to post, you can never be too prepared.

Another reason to join the Foreign Service Youth Foundation! 
The Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) is offering parents and college-bound students a one-hour webinar on the college admissions process. Top 10 Things Foreign Service Youth Need to Know about the College Admissions Process will be presented on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. (EST) by international educational consultant Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed.
Topics Will Include:
 Applying from Overseas: Are you an international student?
 Your Essay: What should you write about?
 State Residency: What you need to know.
 Third Culture Kids (TCKs): What's unique about this population?
 College Selectivity: The truth behind this year's trend in college admissions
 SATs and ACTs: What role does testing really play?
 Financial Aid: How it really works.
 Real Cost of College: How to calculate.
 Social Media and College Admissions: What students need to know.
 College Visits & Interviews: How to manage them from overseas.
If you can’t attend the event, email your questions in advance to fsyf@fsyf.org. FSYF Members will be able to view the archived webinar on the FSYF website.
Cost: FSYF Members -- $10.00; Non-Members -- $20.00. To check on your membership status, contact: fsyf@fsyf.org.

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