Activities & Events
Teen Re-Entry Workshops
Throughout the year, FSYF organizes events and activities for Foreign Service youth of all ages. From a welcome-back picnic for families to a re-entry workshop for teens to social gatherings for younger kids, there’s something for everyone. Whether you are in Washington, DC or across the globe, we hope you’ll take advantage of all that FSYF has to offer.
Every September, FSYF organizes a welcome-back picnic for Foreign Service families that recently returned to the DC area from overseas. Whether or not your family falls into that category, we hope you will attend—to make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and welcome home your colleagues. The picnic offers food and fun for the entire family.
The Foreign Service lifestyle is often hardest on teens, especially those who find themselves in the DC area after a childhood spent overseas. FSYF aims to connect teens with their Foreign Service peers, who can act as valuable sources of friendship, advice and support. Teens who meet at FSYF events tend to identify with each other, form easy friendships, and seek out opportunities to get together. At the same time, their busy academic, extracurricular and social lives can leave little room for FSYF activities. FSYF hopes to plan at least one teen trip every year and is willing to organize more upon request. Send your thoughts and ideas to email@example.com.
Teens may also like to take part in the annual re-entry workshop—either as new returnees or as “experts” on the teen panel. For more information, see the "Teen Re-Entry Workshop below.
New in 2013! FSYF publishes a new, quarterly Parent Newsletter – Around the World – focused on providing FS Parents news, information and tips that are practical and relevant to life in the Foreign Service Life. We will include topics about Education, Technology, Foreign Service Life and Youth Achievement. FSYF welcomes reader input and contributions. If you are interested in contributing an article, please contact FSYF.
FSYF publishes a youth newsletter — Here, There & Everywhere — written by and for Foreign Service kids and teens. The newsletter includes articles, illustrations, photographs, short stories, poems, recipes, song lyrics etc. around a given theme, and is published three to four times per year.
All Foreign Service kids and teens are invited to contribute to Here, There & Everywhere by e-mailing their submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, click here.
Teen Re-entry Workshop
FSYF organizes a re-entry workshop for teens who recently returned to the United States. This fun and informative event offers teens the opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, and make connections with other Foreign Service teens who are “new” to the DC area. The event is led by experienced facilitators and includes a panel of teen “experts” who returned to the U.S. during their teen years and lived to tell the tale.
Every year, FSYF sponsors four contests: art, essay, video (in partnership with FSI), and community service. Foreign Service kids in the U.S. and around the world are encouraged to enter one or more contests. For more information click here.