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In late July, six emerging political leaders from Japan joined us in the US for a ten day exchange trip to DC, North Carolina and Washington. While in North Carolina, they attended a Durham Bulls game and had a tour of the ballpark.

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In July, a delegation of six MPs from New Zealand visited the US for an 8-day exchange to DC and Wyoming. While in DC, they had the opportunity to meet with alumnus Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Germany ’82) at the US Capitol.


Delegates meeting with alumnus and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (2)
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In July, seven emerging policy and political leaders from Australia joined ACYPL in the US for a 13-day exchange trip to DC, Pittsburgh, and Montana. While in Montana, the group met with Rhonda Swaney of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council (CSKT) to discuss Native American rights and tribal government.

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This year we celebrated our 30th anniversary of exchanges with Argentina, and in June, 7 American leaders journeyed to the country for a 12-day exchange trip. While there, they had the opportunity to meet with US Ambassador to Argentina and alumnus Noah Mamet.

Delegation meeting with Ambassador and ACYPL alumnus Noah Mamet
Expandd caption Our new initiative in Cuba

ACYPL is undertaking an exciting new initiative in Cuba. CEO Linda Rotunno discusses this new partnership with our friends at the Richardson Center for Global Engagement and the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with guidance from the U.S. Department of State. Read more about how ACYPL will be involved in moving US-Cuban friendship into the present and onto the future in our July newsletter.

CEO Linda Rotunno with 17 other social entrepeneurs in Cuba
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We’ve changed a lot over the last 48 years, so make sure to keep up with us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and YouTube!  There are updates on upcoming programs, events, alumni happenings all over the world, plus the weekly throwback photo.


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Expandd caption Nominations

Do you know an up-and-coming leader between the ages of 25 and 40? ACYPL is always looking for diverse nominees to expand our pool.  Click here to nominate someone.

Whole group and Gracielle atop Sugarloaf Moutain
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ACYPL offers it’s delegates and alumni the unique opportunity to participate in international bipartisan exchange, while forging new relationships and creating lifelong memories. Share your incredible experience from your acypl exchange with us by clicking here.

Damien Tessmann (Australit to US 2011) with Montana House of Representatives Member Jenny Eck (Democrat) and Texas House of Representatives Member Stefani Carter (Republican)

Notable Alumni

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    ACYPL took me back to China, my birthplace, after an absence of more than 25 years. The experience reconnected me with my heritage, changed my career path, and made China my life’s work.

    Julia Chang Bloch, President, US-China Education Trust, Former US Ambassador to Nepal China 1977
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    My ACYPL trip to China in 1977 was invaluable. Two years later I was a senior staff member in the White House for President Carter, and that trip allowed me to offer valuable advice as he considered normalizing relations; I was the only staff member who had spent time there!

    Sarah Weddington, Argued Roe v. Wade, former General Counsel US Dept of Agriculture China 1977
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    ACYPL provides unique access for the world’s future leaders to a broad spectrum of seasoned experts in diplomacy and communication, and prepares them for effective future service.

    William J. Hybl, Chairman, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy Germany 1982
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    ACYPL provides the kind of intense international experience that gave me greater clarity on issues at home.

    Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director, UNICEF China 1977
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    ACYPL created opportunities for international engagement that have endured for a lifetime. To this day, I remain in contact with leaders I met at home and abroad. ACYPL gave me an early opportunity to experience a form of diplomacy that has proven invaluable time and time again.

    Gaddi H. Vasquez, Former Peace Corps Director, Former US Ambassador to the UN for Food and Agriculture China & Hong Kong 1994
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    It’s true there’s no substitute for learning about a culture than experiencing it first-hand, and I appreciate ACYPL for giving me that opportunity.

    Hon. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) China 1998
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    The meetings I attended with young Russian leaders were informative and productive, and provided a window for each of us into our separate countries.

    Kay Bailey Hutchison, Former US Senator USSR 1976
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    In our increasingly global society, programs like ACYPL provide young people an invaluable opportunity to broaden cultural perspectives and forge international partnerships that will last throughout their careers.

    Congressman Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip Denmark, Germany and Belgium 1976

Latest News

Fall Intern Applications Now Open

August 28,2015

ACYPL is now accepting applications for full or part-time internships for the fall 2015 semester. Start and end dates are flexible and all internships are locat ...

[Alumni Reflection MAC 2014]: Adel Elhemaily: “A trip that defined my future”

August 26,2015

I was lucky enough to participate in the Model American Congress exchange program with ACYPL– a trip that that helped me to clarify why I am very passion ...

[Intern Reflections] Alyssa Wilson: “Words of Wisdom for Future Interns”

August 24,2015

As my time with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (or ACYPL) has now come to a close, I have started to reflect on all that I have learned and on ...