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.
FSYF's day-to-day business is managed by part-time Executive Director Roxanne Thomas. Roxanne Thomas was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelors degree in Economics from Georgetown University in 1998 and received a Masters in Business Economics from Marquette University in 2006. Roxanne enjoys academic endeavors, with work experience in education, management consulting, and government procurement. Roxanne is an Eligible Family Member, accompanying her husband overseas in Africa and Asia. She and her husband have three children ages three, twelve, and seventeen. Roxanne and her family enjoy the advantages and challenges of overseas living. As Executive Director, she is extremely excited to be advocating for foreign service youth.