Northwest NEWS

March 4, 2002


Families needed for students from former Soviet Union

Four Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) scholarship students will be coming to the Greater Seattle/Eastside area for the 2002/2003 school year to learn about American democracy and education, volunteerism and free enterprise.
   The FLEX students are from 12 New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union and participate in an academic year program that is funded by Congress. Each one who is coming survived rigorous competition both in their home country and in Washington, D.C.
   The FLEX students from Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and the nine other NIS countries are between 15 and 18 years old and have full insurance coverage and their own spending money.
   Host families are asked to provide students with meals, a place to sleep and study, and a warm, supportive environment.
   All types of families are welcome to apply, including single parents, couples and retirees.
   For more information, call Janell Gregson at (425) 376-0866 or the PAX National Office at 1-800-555-6211 ext. 114.
   Gregson will be available to support the students and their host families throughout the year, and to arrange cultural outings and community service projects for the students.