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  • THE

    A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS

  • AFS began as the American Field Service, which had its origins in 1914 shortly after the start of World War I. Young Americans living in Paris volunteered as ambulance drivers at the American Ambulance Hospital just outside the city.

    The American Field Service took part in every major French battle of World War I, with its 2,500 volunteer drivers carrying supplies and more than 500,000 casualties. Reactivated during World War II, some 2,200 volunteer drivers served in France, North Africa, the Middle East, Italy, Germany, India and Burma, and carried more than 700,000 casualties from both sides of the war.

    In 1946, after bearing witness to the horrors of the war, volunteer American Field Service ambulance drivers founded AFS, a nonprofit dedicated to international exchange and intercultural learning.

    Today, thanks to the partnership of thousands of like-minded supporters like you, we have program activities in more than 100 countries and send more than 12,000 young people and adults on exchange programs each year.

    CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF THE AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE

    AFS AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

    Over the decades, many American presidents have lauded AFS for its contributions to US public diplomacy efforts. American presidents often invited AFS students to the White House to speak to them about their roles in fostering international cooperation.

    Recruitment Poster, American Field Service Rserve Mallet. 1917*

    President John F. Kennedy with AFS Director General Stephen Galatti. July 13, 1961*

    President Lyndon B. Johnson surrounded by AFS Participants at the White House. July 20, 1964*

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower meets AFS bus trip participants on the White House lawn. August 7, 1954*

  • AFS ambulance drivers from SSU 1 with Khaki the dog in Flanders, Belgium. 1915*

    AFS Driver and actor Robert Montgomery with AFS Driver and sculptor Stuart Benson in Paris, France. June 1, 1940. Photograph by Acme (Paris).*

    AFS Driver Jay Nierenberg trading tea for eggs near Misurata, Libya. March 1943. Photo by John C. Cobb II.*

    President Gerald R. Ford and AFS President Stephen Rhinesmith greet AFS Participants at the White House. July 13, 1976*

    President Bill Clinton meets AFS Participants in 2011.*

    President Barack Obama with AFS Students from Costa Rica and former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz. 2013

    It is going to be your destiny, I hope, to serve in the interest of peace as a bridge between the best parts of my country and your people. I hope that you go from here not merely as a friend but understanding our faults and our assets.

    JOHN F. KENNEDY, 1961

  • AFS Participants in New York City during the first bus trip. 1948. Photo by Carl Zeigler.*

    As the legacy of the American Field Service enters its second century, AFS-USA has never been stronger or more committed to enhancing its position as a leader in providing life-changing intercultural education experiences.

    With the implementation of a new strategic plan, AFS-USA is well positioned not only to sustain its signature high school study abroad programs, but also produce innovative new intercultural learning models for students, teachers and adults, both inside and outside of todays global classroom.

    As we plan for the next 100 years, weve established the Second Century Campaign to help realize our new strategic plan to move beyond being recognized exclusively as a high school exchange organization to one that provides programs, services and products that help people of all ages develop their global competency skills.

    BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS

    AFS Students holding signs representing their home countries in Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain Battlefield in Chattanooga, TN. July 1948. Photo by Carl Zeigler.*

    THE

    Our Strategic Targets

    Reposition AFS-USA beyond that of an exchange organization

    Expand and diversify revenue

    Attract, develop, retain and motivate the best talent to reach future organizational goals

    Re-imagine the volunteer role in AFS-USA for the future

    Devote ourselves to becoming a true customer-focused organization

  • AFS Students holding signs representing their home countries in Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain Battlefield in Chattanooga, TN. July 1948. Photo by Carl Zeigler.*

    Whether you are making a first-time gift to AFS-USA or an additional gift during this milestone anniversary, the Second Century Campaign is a way to ensure that your donation will have an immediate impact on the organizations future.

    The mission and work of AFS is as important today as it was back in 1914 when the American Field Service was established, and our presence is a testament to our missions continuing relevance and our ability to endure through decades.

    Your gift to the Second Century Campaign will be used as philanthropic capital to support the future of AFS-USA at this critical time with new programs and initiatives to ensure that AFS remains as relevant tomorrow as it is today.

    Stephen Galatti with a group containing AFS Participants at a farewell party and bus stop. Salt Lake City, Utah. 1959.*

    HOW YOU CAN CHANGE LIVES

    Above: Cover of a booklet about the AFS Programs, circa 1957. Photo by George Holton*

    Left: AFS Roster of Students 1953-54

    AFS Participants of 1963-64 aboard the Seven Seas traveling to their programs in Europe.

    Seven Seas ship map from class of 1963-64 voyage.

  • CREATING INNOVATIVE INTERCULTURAL LEARNING PROGRAMSAFS-USA sends more teenagers abroad on year and semester programs than any other exchange organization in the US. As we keep our commitment to high school students who want to study abroad for a year, semester or summer to meet the needs of our growing global society, we must also focus on programs, products and services for all ages. By developing innovative new programs, including those customized to educators and groups, and by providing intercultural training and services, not only do we improve our financial viability, but we expand our mission to people of all ages.

    DEVELOPING SCHOOL OUTREACH AND EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPSAFS-USA is committed to being a viable, prominent, change-making educational organization in an ever-changing globalized world. We are committed to targeted outreach to all kinds of educators and schools and to developing educational partnerships that foster global competency through intercultural learning resources.

    NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS AFS-USAs Global Leaders Financial Aid program offers scholarships to students whose families demonstrate financial need.

    By partnering with nationally known youth mentoring organizations in underrepresented communities around the country, AFS-USAs Faces of America Scholarship program has awarded full-tuition scholarships to nearly 1,000 high-achieving students from low-income families since the programs inception in 2007.

    MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS AFS-USA awards partial and full scholarships to students demonstrating academic excellence and strong leadership abilities.

    NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDThrough the National Scholarship Fund, AFS-USA provides both need- and merit-based scholarships to students across the country.

    SENDING MORE AMERICANS ABROAD THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS

    Thanks to the generous support of AFS alumni, families, volunteers, and our corporate and foundation funders, AFS-USA is able to award scholarships or financial aid to nearly half of the American students studying abroad with AFS each year. We believe that all students who want to study abroad should have an opportunity to do so, and are especially committed to reaching out to students in underserved communities.

    AFS Participants saying goodbye at Departure Day. 1978*AFS Participants from different regions of the world during their arrival orientation at the C.W. Post Campus in Long Island, NY. 1973*

  • SENDING MORE AMERICANS ABROAD THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS

    Americans Abroad Summer Program Participant Nancy Hill at her local chapter's welcome home event after her return from Jordan. August 1982*

    AFS Faces of America Participants in US-Costa Rica Program. 2012

    My AFS year in Italy changed my life, giving me the confidence to fully immerse myself in another culture and language. That transformative year was really my first step into what I do now in international journalism and I often call upon my AFS experience when I face challenges covering some of the worlds hotspots in the Middle East.

    RICHARD ENGEL NBC NEWS CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT AFS RETURNEE, US TO ITALY, 1990-91

    Tom Greenough was Mark Whitcrafts mentor in high school who also happened to be an American Field Service ambulance driver in World War II. Some years later, Marks wife, Rosemary, became passionately involved in AFS as a volunteer and staffer. So as a family, we experienced the breadth of the AFS tradition, from its ambulance driver roots to its still vital role as an intercultural exchange leader. We are proud to support AFS-USA and honor Tom and Rosemarys memory who, each in their own way, represent the AFS legacy.

    WHITCRAFT FAMILYWHITCRAFT FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS (NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND & FACES OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP)

    Champions of the Second Century are deeply committed AFSers like you, who can make a world of difference through a very special gift to honor the Centennial of the American Field Service.

    By joining us as a Champion of the Second Century, youll help to provide more opportunities for deserving young Americans to study abroad with AFS-USA.

    CHAMPIONS OF THE SECOND