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Foreign Service
Youth Foundation

The Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) was established in 1989 with seed money from the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and through the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Department of State's Family Liaison Office (FLO), the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW), and the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) of the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.


Established in 1989, the Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to the support of children of employees of the US Foreign Affairs Agencies.

Growing up in the Foreign Service can be challenging for our youth. Through publications, outreach, workshops and regular family events, we help young people adapt to their changing environments, as they transition between posts worldwide.

We strive to help Foreign Service Youth embrace the adventure: encouraging resilience, fostering camaraderie, and celebrating achievements.

We support Foreign Service youth, throughout their global upbringing and beyond.

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 The Executive Director of FSYF is Alexandra Kepler.  Alexandra was born and raised by two big fat Greek parents in Fairfax, Virginia.  As a first-generation American, she learned about how to be proud of her unique heritage while adapting to a fairly homogeneous environment.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Art History from the College of William and Mary, a Master's Degree in Art History from James Madison University and a MS in Elementary Education from Drexel University.  Alexandra, her husband Dan, and their two daughters, Eleni and Zara, lived overseas as a part of the Foreign Service for 14 years.  She served as CLO in Rome and Montevideo, worked as a protocol officer for OSCE in Vienna, and acted as the President of the Embassy Employee Association in Athens. Alexandra also worked as a Fairfax County Advanced Academics fourth grade teacher for three years.  Now living in Annandale with her husband, and teen daughters, Alexandra is ready to utilize all of her professional and personal experiences to support Foreign Service family members in the way that only a first-generation American, parent of third-culture kids, teacher, CLO, art and nutrition enthusiast, and 14-year EFM globetrotter can!

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