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Thursday, October 22, 2015

One Week Away - Register Today!

FSYF College Workshop with Becky Grappo 

Sunday, October 25, 11am - 2pm at Oakwood Falls Church

Every fall FSYF hosts an in-person college workshop at Oakwood Falls Church to address issues directly related to Foreign Service youth and the college application process. The program is appropriate for high school students of all ages and their parents. FSYF is delighted to have Ms. Becky Grappo, President of RNG International Education Consultants, and member of the FSYF Advisory Council return to facilitate this program for the third consecutive year. The cost is $15 per person for members and $30 per person for non-members. Lunch is included with this event. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register and Pay Here

The FSYF 2016 Academic Merit Award Application is Now Available!

Since 2010, FSYF has been recognizing Foreign Service high school seniors and gap year dependents for their outstanding achievements through the FSYF/GEICO Academic Merit Award. This year FSYF is offering a one-time only competitive merit based award with a first place prize of $4000 and a second place prize of $2000.

Deadline for application is Monday, February 8, 2016

Winners will be honored at the FSYF Youth Awards Ceremony at the Department of State in July 2016.

More information and the application form
FSYF Meet-Up Events Continue in the Fall

These events are an opportunity for FSYF members in the DC Metro area to connect with each other. If your family has recently returned from overseas, is new to the FS, or just wants to enjoy a casual FS social opportunity, please join us:
This Sunday! Fall Scarecrow Making Event on Sunday, October 18, from 1pm to 4pm: If you have a pre-teen/tween child and live in the D.C. Metro area, please join FSYF in Arlington, VA to make a front-yard Halloween strawman. Bring a pair of blue jeans, a long sleeve button-up shirt, and a pair of pantyhose. FSYF will provide the straw to stuff inside and safety pins/twine to connect the pants and shirt. This fun hands-on event will take place at the Arlington Forest Shopping Center on Arlington Blvd/Route 50 located a half-mile west of FSI (look for the Outback Steakhouse sign). Meet in the open-air courtyard (or on the covered walkway if it is raining). Arrive anytime between 1pm and 4pm. Space is limited and advance registration is required. FSYF is requesting a $5 donation to help cover the cost of the straw. Register and Pay Here

FSYF Pre-Holiday Potluck Dinner on Saturday, November 14, from 4pm to 6:30pm: FS High school age teens and their families; welcome the fall season by sharing a pre-holiday potluck dinner. Make new friends and enjoy sharing time with other FSYF families. This event is taking place in Rockville, Maryland, and is being held at the private residence of one of our members. Please bring a beverage and a side dish to share.  RSVP is requested by Friday, November 13. RSVP Here
About the Foreign Service Youth Foundation:  Since 1989, FSYF has helped Foreign Service youth embrace the adventure of an internationally-mobile childhood by encouraging resilience and fostering camaraderie.  Global programs include:  a Foreign Service youth-written newsletter, an adult newsletter, five annual contests, and two scholarships for college-bound seniors.  D.C.-area events include:  re-entry seminars for high school and middle school students, a college admissions workshop, teen/tween game nights at Oakwood Apartments, and a Fall welcome back picnic.  FSYF also assists FLO and AAFSW in providing emergency support to families evacuated from overseas.  For more information, visit www.fsyf.org.  CFC code 39436.

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