Your Impact: The Power of the Host Family Relationship
With roots dating back to 1964, the host family component has been an integral part of our educational program. Thousands of host family members and over 8,500 alumni have forever been changed, highlighting the transformative power of exposing students to new perspectives and fostering lifelong relationships through the host family experience.
Our host families provide much more than meals, a place to do homework and a bed; they provide a home — a supportive and immersive environment that goes beyond the academic setting. Living with a host family allows students to experience the local culture firsthand. It provides an opportunity to engage in daily life, traditions, customs and local activities.
Aaliyah B. a junior at SYA Italy (San Francisco University High School, CA), writes about pushing past the discomfort, even in the smallest of tasks.
Angela M. a junior at SYA Spain (Vistamar School, CA), sees the analogy in the sculptures along los Peines del Viento, each representing the past, present and future.
Meg O., a junior at SYA France (The Hill School, PA), reflects on a high school project about Nantes and no longer imagining what it would be like as she explored it in person.
End of Year Giving Reminders
You still have time to give the gift of the SYA to this year's students, who have had enriching experiences so far thanks to the many generous supporters of the SYA Fund. Here are some helpful reminders as we near the end of 2023:
SYA is eligible to receive grant distributions from your donor-advised fund (DAF), a giving vehicle established at a public charity.
To ensure you receive tax credit for the 2023 tax year:
✔️ Checks must be postmarked by December 31.
✔️ Online gifts must be charged before midnight (EST) on December 31.
✔️ Securities and wire transfers must be received to SYA’s account by the close of business on December 29.
Save the dates for the following events! Registration will open in January:
SYA in Austin | January 23, 2024
Virtual Faculty Class with SYA Spain | January 24, 2024
Virtual Faculty Class with SYA Italy | January 31, 2024
Admissions Update: Application Deadlines!
The Admissions team is back in the office after completing more than 170 school visits and hosting seven virtual information sessions, which means the deadline date for applications is fast approaching! Encourage your students, children, family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to submit as soon as possible.
Summer: Rolling; acceptances begin January 26, 2024
Full Year and Semester: February 9, 2024
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