We create opportunities for education and professional development of young, talented and ambitious Czechs and Slovaks. We want their talents to blossom and with them the standing of the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Together with the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University, we are starting CTY Central Europe. Over the last three years, we have spent $700,000 in a pilot project to create this unique opportunity. Already, well over 600 students tasted the benefits of CTY programs for exceptionally talented and hardworking youth. We trust the Czech government will help us with the startup cost. Many more would have the same opportunity with CTY CE.
We have been supporting young Czech and Slovak leaders in healthcare, education, and environmental science through our Young Leaders Program. Over the last few years, we have issued seventeen grants averaging about $15,000 per participant.
Please join us. We strive for a partnership among Americans, Czechs and Slovaks. Education makes our partnership stronger. We build on a proud tradition of the American Fund for Czechoslovak Refugees, established in 1948 by Czech and Slovak Americans to resettle refugees from communism in the United States. We are a legally registered charitable institution in the United States as defined by IRS 501(c) 3 regulations.