NSLI for Youth Program

NSLI For Youth

In 2014, for the fifth year in a row, the Russian American Foundation was selected for the highly prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in cooperation with American Councils for International Education.  This summer, RAF is pleased to design and implement the 2014 NSLI FOR YOUTH RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE RAF & BOLSHOI WAY MOSCOW SUMMER INTENSIVE.

This highly successful program allows RAF to send fifteen pre-professional students of ballet (selected from a national pool) to Moscow on an all-expense-paid six-week summer educational and pre-professional program. This comprehensive experience combines Russian language instruction, cultural immersion, and ballet training with Master Teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 2014, the NSLI-Y program will take place July 12 – August 23.


Davia Bunch, South Carolina

Anastasia Calzaretto, New Jersey

Samuel David, New York

Emily Fennell, Maryland

Leah Garman, Maryland

Caroline Kraft, Ohio

Katherine Kurata, Connecticut

Elizabeth Lindsey, Alabama

Leah Morris, Virginia

Erika Pugh, Pennsylvania

Jaya Puglise, Vermont

Sophia Sevier, Washington

McCall Sheetz, California

Safia Speer, New Jersey

Olivia Thurman, New York

For more information on eligibility, applications, and the selection process, please visit the BBASI NSLI-Y Page.

Read about participant Alana’s experience on the NSLI-Y website here.

Watch participants show off their Russian language skills and give a tour of their dormitory in Moscow here.

Read personal testimonials of past NSLI FOR YOUTH Program participants: Kelsey, Mable, Alexis, Laurie, Anna Corinne, Haley.

View more pictures from the program here.

Watch NSLI-Y participants share their experiences on NBCNews here.



 Special Thanks to RAF’s NSLI FOR YOUTH Program Friends and Supporters:


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