U.S. Embassy Warsaw and American Councils Poland celebrated the successful FLEX Alumni Mentoring Program on June 7 at the American Center Warsaw. FLEX mentees presented their community service projects designed in cooperation with their mentors and supported by a small grant from the U.S. government.
The students’ projects were not only well developed and implemented but were designed with the needs of the local community first. Projects included a Day of Solidarity with Refugees in Bielsko-Biała, theater workshops for senior citizens of Radwanice, production of a video featuring residents of Mińsk Mazowiecki and their passions, an art contest for students to illustrate the spirit of their school in Lubartów, an outdoor library at a children’s playground in Lublin, the organization of a local meeting of the Model European Parliament in Rzeszów, a creative writing workshop in Warsaw and a collection for an animal shelter in Sułaszewo.
U.S. Embassy Warsaw and American Councils for International Education organized this mentoring program for alumni of the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 FLEX exchange. FLEX exchange participants get scholarships to go to the USA for a year to study at an American high school and stay with an American host family.
The mentoring program connected FLEX alumni (mentees) with senior alumni (mentors) of other U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs for a unique professional development and leadership opportunity.