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Farewell to the 2020-2021 School Year!

On behalf of AHLI, it is my great privilege to say Congratulations to our 52 graduates! Your journey has not been an easy one compared to your fellow students. You have braved a new country, a new culture, a new language, a new home, and a new school- all to make your way to this summit. As you look back on the path you have travelled, you will remember challenges, adventures, hopefully laughs, and many people who have supported you to rise up to the apex on which you stand. Take a look around at the magnificent view you have. It is quite the accomplishment!

During your stay, many people have prayed to God for your success- your teachers, host families, Directors, Coordinators, and AHLI staff.  You have not walked alone. When the path was difficult, you were encouraged to lean on the eternal Heavenly Father who created you, and cares about you. When you were tempted to quit, you were reminded of Psalm 46:1-3:

"God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains."

And you kept going...climbing higher and higher toward your goal.

But the interesting thing about a summit is that it is a point on a surface that is only higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. You have reached this summit, but there is higher to go- you’re not done yet. For many of you, that means going to university, for others, it means returning to your home country to pursue job interests.  A comedian once said:

 “Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.”

So take a moment and revel in this achievement, and then put your hiking boots back on and focus on the next summit.  Your Dreams Await! 

Sincerely,

Tiffanee M. Wright, MA, MPH | Executive Director
AHLI - International Education and Homestay

 

Here are words of encouragement from a few of our Directors to all of our students, both graduating and continuing….

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David Lindhiem:

"This past year has been another hard year for all of us, but we came through!! Yeah!! I know it was hard with all the COVID restrictions and not being able to play sports and do the normal things in a school year, but I think we can all be thankful that it is past and you will have a story to tell to your children one day!!

Verses that were an encouragement to me are from the well known Shepherd in the Bible where the psalmist says, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, I will lack nothing'. Further on he says, 'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.'  For some whose families were affected by COVID it certainly seemed like they were walking through the valley of the shadow of death. 

Later on Jesus identified himself as the Good Shepherd. So if we trust in Jesus we can claim his provision for all our needs and his protection. That is a great feeling! For those graduates, you may be wondering what the next year will be like. If you know Jesus, you will have nothing to fear because he will provide for you and protect you! For those returning home for the summer to return next year, Jesus will go with you and bring you safely back. Just trust Him! Go safely with Jesus and have a great summer!"

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Sheila Johnson:

"To all our California students graduating this school year, Yonghyeon Choi, Jalen Lee, Alison Park, Haryn Shin and Ruibo Xu.

You have just successfully finished your high school career having undergone the most unusual and difficult year in recent world history. And you made it!

We here in California, your director and coordinators and host families, wish you the best of blessings in your new adventure as you graduate and go off to college. 

And as all our students return to their countries and their families for the summer break, don’t forget what you learned from your host families as they shared with you their home and their faith in Jesus Christ. Our Almighty Creator has a great destiny designed just for you. Don’t ignore His whisper to know Him better. Just know the best is yet to come."

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Douglas Brooks:

To Hoyun Park:

"Congratulations on reaching this significant goal in your life. You have been very ambitious and brave to travel around the world at a very young age to pursue your dream. Even in the midst of a pandemic, you have stayed focused and finished well. I encourage you to continue to develop your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and seek out friendships with other believers while pursuing a career in the dental field. I and all of AHLI are very proud of how you have allowed God to shape you into the young man you are."

To Sangwoo Park:

You have completed the year with such a fantastic performance. You have done so well even in the midst of a difficult year that has brought uncertainty and fear to many. You have overcome and have been a blessing to the Killen family. I know you would have preferred to finish your senior year with your friends, but I believe this is another opportunity to gain more experiences with a new host family and make more friends and connections that will enrich you in your future. I like the Bible verse in I Peter 5:7, 'Cast all your anxiety upon Him for He cares for you.'  Well done!"

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Barry Shaffer:

"I am so proud of all of you. I know it has not been easy to complete an entire year by staring at a computer. But, you did it! I am so so proud of each of you, and I know you will do well at the colleges that you have chosen to attend here in the U.S. It has been a tremendous joy to work with each of you online this year. We will miss you very much."

 

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COVID-19 Vaccination Availability for Minor Youth 12 Years and Older

The COVID-19 vaccine has now been made available to everyone 12 years old and older, residing in the U.S. The two shot vaccine requires up to 28 days to be administered in addition to time needed to make the appointment arrangement. Current students may not have the needed time to obtain it before their planned departure. The vaccines have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use only.

Recognizing that some students may wish to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination, the AHLI COVID-19 Vaccination Release Form must be signed first. AHLI would like the natural parents to be informed of this opportunity, although AHLI and its affiliates will not be advising the students either way on this decision. AHLI wishes this decision to be totally dependent on the assessment of the student and their natural parents.

Prior to a student taking action to schedule a vaccination appointment, they must have their natural parents request the Release Form from their agent if the parent is working with an agent. The Release Form is to be signed, scanned and emailed to the AHLI office at tiffaneew@amhomelife.org 

The AHLI COVID-19 Release Form can be downloaded here:

AHLI COVID-19 Vaccine Release Form

Student Life During COVID-19

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CSIET Certification for 2020-2021

AHLI is pleased to receive the CSIET certification status for Standards for International Student Exchange.

AHLI is:

1. Committed to ensure our programs are designed to fulfill educational purposes related to an international experience.
2. Our programs have clearly established goals and learning objectives to fulfill the educational purposes of the program.

Feel free to learn more:

https://www.csiet.org/advisory-list-american-home-life-int…/

Thank you to our Homestay Families!

AHLI would like to acknowledge and extend our sincere appreciation to our homestay families. Without your dedication and passion for the AHLI mission, our students would suffer greatly.

 

On behalf of AHLI staff, directors, and coordinators, we appreciate your sacrifice and support. Together, we can ensure the academic success for each student and that they feel love of Christ during this challenging time.

AHLI Offers Summer Program Options

AHLI offers Short Term Summer Program Options for AHLI and Non-AHLI students currently in the U.S.A. that are in need of homestay, day camps or homestay and day camps.

Early registration discounts are offered for ESL & TOEFL Prep Camp and Language Lab if registration is received before April 15th. Homestay Immersion programs are available for individuals or groups of students in need of summer homestays for single weeks - full summer placements. Customized ESL & Activities Programs are also available for groups of 10 or more students in the same area.

For more information, visit our Short Term Program website page at http://www.amhomelife.org/short-term-programs-for-internati….

Additional homestays may be needed to support current AHLI students that may not be returning to their home countries for the summer. Please visit our website at http://www.amhomelife.org/american-host-families-for-high-s… to apply to host.

AHLI COVID-19 UPDATE

AHLI would like to notify our communities both here in the U.S. and abroad of the actions that we are taking to keep our students, host families and international agents apprised of the COVID-19 situation. This information will help eliminate xenophobia, keep our students healthy, and explain the opportunities that AHLI offers to ensure students can continue their academic studies.  Please visit our website at: http://www.amhomelife.org/  for more information.

We will continue to keep our updates available as the situation changes rapidly and we thank you for your support of AHLI during this time.

If you have further questions about COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

AHLI Offers Early Registration Discount!

AHLI is offering a special Early Registration Discount on two exciting summer camps for all levels of English learners.

Language Lab is for lower level English students who want to improve their comprehension, reading, writing and speaking skills.

The ESL & TOEFL Preparation Camp is for intermediate and advanced English students whose goal is success on the TOEFL test. Session 1 of both programs is June 6 - June 28, 2020.

This is a limited time discount for both camps for those that register by March 15, 2020. 

Hurry, register today!

AHLI Offers Early Registration Discount!

AHLI is offering a special Early Registration Discount on two exciting summer camps for all levels of English learners.

Language Lab is for lower level English students who want to improve their comprehension, reading, writing and speaking skills.

The ESL & TOEFL Preparation Camp is for intermediate and advanced English students whose goal is success on the TOEFL test. Session 1 of both programs is from June 6 - June 28, 2020.

This is a limited time discount for both camps for those that register by March 1, 2020. 

Hurry, register today!

Special Memorial Event for Founder of AHLI, Ruth Powers

Tiffanee Wright, Executive Director and Partner Agent, Tomoko Shimo will be hosting a special Memorial Event in honor of Ruth Powers, Founder of AHLI. This event will be conducted at the Ochanomizu Christian Center, Room #416 in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, January 25th at 10:00 a.m.

 

Special Guests will include Pastor Nao Yamanaka and AHLI Student Director, David Lindhiem.

 

If you would like to attend this event, please complete the following form for consideration: https://www.cognitoforms.com/AHLI2/RSVPFormForRuthPowersEvent

 

Spaces are limited!

St. Anthony Catholic High School

AHLI is pleased to announce a new partnership with St. Anthony Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas. 

St. Anthony Catholic High School offers challenging college preparatory curriculum including AP and Honors classes, strong international student support including ESL and extracurricular activities.

Multi-disciplinary studies include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Public Service, Business & Industry and Arts & Humanities.

Student of the Month

Siheng Fang had a great year at Belleville Mennonite School in Pennsylvania.

Not only did he get straight A's on his report card, he had perfect attendance, was inducted into the National Honor Society and accepted the responsibility of directing a middle school play.

Siheng enjoyed his homestay experience and is looking forward to his summer vacation.

Great Job, keep up the good work!

North Catholic High School

AHLI announces a new partnership with North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

North Catholic High School offers a challenging academic program including AP, Honors, Dual Enrollment and STEM courses as well as high SAT scores.

In addition to an award-winning athletic program, North Catholic High School offers many elective and extra curricular activities in the Fine Arts.

CSIET Certification for 2019-2020

AHLI is pleased to receive the CSIET certification status for Standards for International Student Exchange.

AHLI is:

1. Committed to ensure our programs are designed to fulfill educational purposes related to an international experience
2. Our programs have clearly established goals and learning objectives to fulfill the educational purposes of the program.

Feel free to learn more:

https://www.csiet.org/advisory-list-american-home-life-int…/

Student of the Month

Meet our "Student of the Month", Yewon Lee, a 6th grader at Pikes Peak Christian School ("PPCS") in Colorado.

Yewon won 1st place at the "PPCS" track meet, she is excelling in her academics, enjoys cooking, playing volleyball and basketball. Yewon likes hanging out with her younger host sister.

Keep up the great work, Yewon, we are proud of you!

Baytown Christian Academy

AHLI announces a new partnership with Baytown Christian Academy ("BCA") in Baytown, Texas.

Baytown Christian Academy offers a challenging academic program including Honors and Dual Enrollment options in a Classical setting. "BCA" has a high acceptance rate into excellent universities.

Baytown Christian Academy's facility include a state of the art Science Laboratory. An award-winning athletics program and extra curricular activities to encourage students to develop their gifts and talents.