National Security Language Institute for Youth

NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. It is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning. From 2007-2017, Legacy International was one of 11 organizations nationwide that implemented NSLI-Y. Our program took place in Morocco throughout the year and operated out of two cities: Marrakesh and Rabat. Students were enrolled in language and received classroom language instruction during the program. Students participated in a variety of cultural activities designed to enhance their language skills. The program also included opportunities for community service.

Read participant testimonials.

 Program Slideshow

A letter from U.S. high school student, Holly Ratcliffe, who attended Legacy’s NSLI-Y program, shows the impact of these “life changing” programs on participants.

Letter from Alumni Tyler Jones, NSLI-Y 2008, 3 years later reflects on what he learned from his experience in Morocco.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.