Birmingham Exchange Student Program Leader Honored

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Birmingham International Center Honors Rebecca Kinney at Motivating Women's Event

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Student alumni contact me and tell me what they’re doing in their home countries after a year in America, and they are making a real difference in our world.

Rebecca Kinney of Birmingham received a “Motivating Women” award from the Birmingham International Center this month. Kinney was one of ten Alabama women lauded by the cultural education and business development organization.

The organization honors women who reflect diversity, culture and achievement. Kinney is a PAX – Program of Academic Exchange coordinator in Alabama, a position she has held since 2009. Kinney also serves as the local cluster director for the FLEX and YES programs, special academic programs funded by the U.S. Department of State to advance mutual understanding, respect for diversity, leadership skills, and understanding of civil society, in addition to serving as the Chapter President of the local United Nations Association of the USA.

Kinney was nominated for the Motivating Women honors earlier this year and recognized at a sold-out dinner and awards event at The Club in Birmingham on May 5 celebrating Alabama’s Motivating Women.

“The students who travel here to Alabama are so accomplished and have great leadership potential,” Kinney said. “Student alumni contact me and tell me what they’re doing in their home countries after a year in America, and they are making a real difference in our world.”

The Birmingham International Center has been active in multicultural issues in Alabama since 1951. Kinney is the former vice president of the United Nations Association and has worked with the organization for four years. She also coordinates the activity of six foreign high school students and corresponding local host families for PAX and is a U.S. Navy veteran.

About PAX
Founded in 1990, PAX – Program of Academic Exchange is a not-for-profit educational organization and one of a select few U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Programs chosen to participate in the prestigious U.S. government sponsored Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programs. Each year, more than 1,100 teenagers visit the U.S. as PAX exchange students. For information on how you can host an exchange student from another country, please visit http://www.pax.org/families or call 800.555.6211.

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