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Society and Values: Wolrd Youth, Building a Future

Society and Values: Wolrd Youth, Building a Future

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Editor-in-Chief George ClacExecutive Editor Richard W. Huckaby Managing Editor Charlene PorterProduction Manager Christian Larson Assistant Production Manager Chloe D. Ellis Web Producer Janine Perry Copy Editor Kathleen HugPhoto Editor Maggie J. SlikerIllustrator Vincent HughesCover Design Christian LarsonReference Specialist Anita GreenContributing Editors Alexandra M AbboudMark BetkaRobin YeagerEditorial Board Jeremy F. CurtinJonathan MargolisCharles N. Silver 
The Bureau of International Information Programs of the U.S. Department of State publishes ve electronic journals under the
eJournal USA 
logo —
Economic Perspectives, Global Issues, Issues of Democracy, Foreign Policy  Agenda,
Society & Values 
— that examine major issuesfacing the United States and the international community,as well as U.S. society, values, thought, and institutions.One new journal is published monthly in English and isfollowed by versions in French, Portuguese, Russian, andSpanish. Selected editions also appear in Arabic, Chinese,Persian, and other languages as needed. Each journal iscatalogued by volume and number.The opinions expressed in the journals do not necessarily reect the views or policies of the U.S. government. TheU.S. Department of State assumes no responsibility forthe content and continued accessibility of Internet sitesto which the journals link; such responsibility residessolely with the publishers of those sites. Journal articles,photographs, and illustrations may be reproduced andtranslated outside the United States unless they carry explicit copyright restrictions, in which case permissionmust be sought from the copyright holders noted in the journal.The Bureau of International Information Programsmaintains current and back issues in several electronicformats, as well as a list of upcoming journals, at
http: //usinfo.state.gov/pub/ejournalusa.html.
Comments are welcome at your local U.S. Embassy or at the editorialofces:Editor,
eJournal USA 
IIP/PUBSU.S. Department of State301 4th Street SW  Washington, DC 20547United States of America
E-mail: eJournalUSA@state.gov 
Sociery & Values 
Volume 12, Number 7
All illustrations in
World Youth Building 
were created by Vincent Hughes based on photographs provided by the following:COVER:
Home Building 
Courtesy of American Jewish Society for Service
Bungee Jumping 
©AP Images;
Courtesy of Planet-Foundation, Budapest;
 Archery Lesson
Courtesy of YMCAof the Triangle, Raleigh, North Carolina;
Barry Fitzgerald/U.S.Department of State;
BrianNewman/Washington State University, The Center to Bridge theDigital Divide;
Planting Trees
Myrleen Ferguson Cate/Photo Edit.
& V 
 I can tell you that this year was the most wonderful of my life. … I grow up as a personamazingly; I matured a lot.
Meet Lili, a 21-year-old from Mexico who came tothe United States as an exchange student in 2003. 
When you are there at the beginning, it’svery, very difcult. I had hard time over thereduring the rst two or three monthsbecause everything was new forme. I had to adapt to a new life,new place, new people, food,schedules, etc. But then I got used to. I did it, and I made it as mynormal and usual life.
ili is one of many young people who helped us write this issue of 
eJournal USA 
.She, and others like her from many different nations, have shared their storiesabout international youth exchanges, learning about other cultures, languages,and ways of life. They have spoken from the heart about their fears, their successes,their joys, and their lessons.Many have sent us their observations with apologies about their written English. Sounnecessary. Their voices are as honest and candid as any we have ever published. A fewgrammatical slips just don’t matter, we decided, when the words ring with the truth of their experiences, their boldness, and, yes, their wisdom.It is an honor to introduce you to the young people you’ll meet on the pages thatfollow, including Fariz, who recounts how his exchange student experiences haveshaped his life in his homeland of Azerbaijan; Sara, a young Muslim woman who ispart of a multicultural living experiment at Rutgers University; and Brian, an American whose teaching assignment in Rwanda became a learning experience for him. We feltprivileged to hear their stories as they worked with us on this publication. And weare inspired to know that these young people are but a few of thousands everywherereaching out to other nations with hope and optimism that their gesture helps to makea better world.
The Editors 
 About This Issue

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