Karen Gishyan is a 2013-2014 Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) alumnus who spent his exchange year in Defiance, Ohio studying at Tinora High School. Karen is now studying Business at the American University of Armenia and is actively involved in different projects and programs. In 2014-15, Karen served as the FLEX city representative in Gyumri, and within ten months organized more than twelve events for FLEX alumni and community members. In recognition for his work commitment, he was selected as “Best FLEX City Representative” in May 2015. In the summer of 2015, Karen helped to implement the “Inclusive Sumer Camp” project for 21 schoolchildren with and without disabilities and for socially needy families as part of his FLEX alumni grant project.
Karen has now been invited by American Councils to attend the Workshop for Youth Leaders in English Teaching (WYLET) in Washington, DC taking place March 30 – April 9, 2016. Karen will participate as a teacher assistant because of his demonstrated commitment to English language learning initiatives as an alumnus of the program.
American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE) participants from different countries with a deeper understanding of the American system of government, civic participation, and basic democratic principles. The workshop also advances leadership skill development by cultivating critical thinking, public speaking, teambuilding, and goal setting.