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Foreign Service
Youth Foundation

History

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.

Mission


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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Management

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 still fitting in.  Alexandra earned her Bachelors Degree in Art History from the College of William and  Mary and followed that up with a Master's Degree in Art History from James Madison University. In lieu of continuing on to earn her PhD, Alexandra fell in love with Daniel Kepler, another rare Northern Virginia indigenous specimen, and spent their first three years of marriage in Rome, while Dan completed his first assignment with the Foreign Service.  While in Rome, Alexandra accepted the position of CLO and then continued her "reign of CLO" while devouring ridiculous amounts of alfahores and filet mignon in Montevideo, Uruguay. Next came the lovely Vienna, Austria,  where Alexandra worked as a Protocol Officer for OSCE and also earned her graduate degree in Elementary Education from Drexel University.  After returning home for three years with their two daughters and working for Fairfax County Schools as an Advanced Academics fourth grade teacher, her family and she moved once again to Athens, Greece, where Alexandra worked for GSO and HR, and was also the President of the Embassy Welfare and Services Association (EWSA).  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, parent of third-culture kids, teacher, CLO, art and nutrition enthusiast, and 14-year EFM globetrotter can do!




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