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Support for American Voices

In 2009 and 2010, the Levant Foundation provided support to the American Voices Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) Academy.  YES Academy is the only international summer performing arts academy of its kind for young people from all corners of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The program unites children - irrespective of socioeconomic background - with an American or European educator, who teaches dance, music and acting.  American Voices executive director, Mr. John Ferguson has done an excellent job directing a program that gives children the opportunity to receive professional level training and as well, allows them the opportunity to build bridges among themselves and with Europe and The United States.

This highly successful educational program is approved by the Ministry of Culture of the Syrian Arab Republic, US Embassies in Lebanon and in Syria, the American University in Beirut, the Conservatoire Nationale (Lebanon) and the Higher Institute of Music and Dramatic Arts (Syria).   Thanks to the generous support of sponsors including The Levant Foundation, The First National Bank Lebanon and the Azm and Saade Foundation, 75% of YES Academy participants in Lebanon and 100% in Syria were invited on full scholarship so that all youth, regardless of background could attend.

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