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In January, our professional fellows American mentors traveled to their fellows home country’s in Myanmar and the Philippines, as a part of their follow-on trips. While there, they worked with pro fellows to solidify the remaining components of their public service projects. Here, American mentor Toni Panetta visited her one Filipino fellow in Cebu, and received a warm greeting from local elementary school children and the Catmon City Council members.

American mentor and alumnus Toni Panetta together with the municipal officials  of Catmon and being greeted by the students of catmondaan elementary school at the fort of catmondaan (5)
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In late January, 5 delegates from Turkey joined us for a 7 day exchange trip to DC and Colorado. While in Colorado, they got the opportunity to join State Senator Bill Camden at the Colorado State Capitol to hear floor debates from local legislators.

Waiting on the Colorado Senate floor to hear debate with Senator Bill Camden
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In January, American mentors Rick Smotkin and Cass Burton, journeyed to Myanmar as a part of their follow-on trip with the professional fellows program. While there, Cass Burton met with fellowship alumni and got the opportunity to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, hairperson of the National League for Democracy, and tour Naypyidaw.

Alums Oo Maung and Tial Hnin with Mindy Walker and alum Cass Burton on a trip to trip to Naypyitaw
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This month, 7 American delegates journeyed to the Palestinian Territories, Israel, and Jordan as a part of a 14-day international exchange. While there, the group got the chance to visit the Mediterranean Sea and other historical landmarks.

Delegation at the grottos by the Lebanese border
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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.

2010 Australian delegation riding swegways through Capitol Hill
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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.

American delegation to Jordan in 2011

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

Announcing our spring 2015 YSEALI Professional Fellows

February 27,2015

We’re excited to announce our spring 2015 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows! From a pool of over 350 applicants, th ...

[Professional Fellows '14] Earl Oyas: “A mentor’s visit to the Philippines”

February 20,2015

It was a fine Tuesday morning when I picked Toni Panetta up from the Marriott hotel in Cebu. Toni was my mentor during my 3-week stay in Denver, Colorado. The m ...

Now accepting applications: summer 2015 internships

February 13,2015

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