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AFS Student Studying in West Hartford and Other Global Teens to Discuss ‘Religion, Discrimination, Identity’ at Forum

The AFS-USA Southern New England Chapter will present ‘Global Teens Talk Global Truths: Religion/Discrimination/Identity’ at Hartford Seminary on March 2.

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A group of students from around the world who are studying in the area through the AFS-USA Southern New England Chapter will participate in a discussion about religion, discrimination, and identity at a “Global Teens Talk Global Truths” forum.

The discussion will be moderated by Megan Strouse and Haifa Souilmi, Fellows in the International Peacemaking Master’s program at Hartford Seminary, and will be held on March 2, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman St., Hartford.

Meet future international leaders who are now AFS international exchange students in Connecticut high schools through the Kennedy-Lugar YES scholarship program. The panel features Omar from Jordan (currently a sophomore at Wamago High School in Warren, CT); Achraf from Morocco (a student at Guilford high School); Cyrine from Tunisia (a senior at Conard High School in West Hartford); and Kabeer from Pakistan (a student at Amity Regional High School in Bethany)Phurichaya, from Thailand and studying at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, will also participate. 

These articulate and engaging teens will discuss their experiences living in their home countries and as AFS exchange students in New England where they are being hosted by local families. The conversation will deep dive into critical and timely issues facing teens today, including LGBT rights, women’s voices, minority religion populations, and refugees in in the various regions.

This program is open to the public. RSVP to the event and/or submit questions for the AFS students to [email protected].

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (KL-YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for secondary school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the United States.

About AFS: AFS Intercultural Programs develops active global citizens who take action to make a positive difference where they live, study, work and volunteer. AFS study abroad, education and volunteer programs empower people of all ages and backgrounds with essential intercultural knowledge, skills and understanding. AFS, a leading nonprofit international education organization, believes that global competence is fundamental to building just and peaceful societies. 

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