The American Association of Yemeni Students (previously scientists) and Professionals (AAYSP) was founded in 2002 by two Yemeni scientists who both shared a common vision of helping promoting higher education among Yemenis.
Networking was a key basis for the organization. AAYSP quickly established chapters to begin the network that would grow worldwide. Today, AAYSP enjoys a network of professionals and students throughout the world.
Currently, AAYSP has chapters in New York, Rhode Island, California (Bay Area), Chicago, Michigan, and Washington DC. AAYSP has held four conferences in 2006 and 2008 in Washington D.C. and in 2010 and 2011 in Dearborn, Michigan.
Started by some college students and professionals in November 2008, after AAYSP held its Leadership Conference in Dearborn. The Michigan Chapter currently works with metro Detroit public schools to collaboratively work toward enriching students with college information and scholarships.