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Expandd caption YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

ACYPL is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the fall 2015 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. We are looking for political, policy, and civil society leaders between the ages of 25 and 40, from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to participate in a 6-week intensive fellowship in the United States. Application deadline is March 31, 2015. For more information, click here. Here, American mentor Brian Diffel and fellowship alumna Leong YuMan met with Hannah Yeoh, the youngest and first woman speaker of the Selangor State Assembly in Malaysia.

American mentor Brian Diffel and fellow Leong Yu Man meeting with Hannah Yeoh, the youngest and first ever woman speaker in Malaysia
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In March, 7 young policy leaders and elected officials from Northern Ireland journeyed to the US for an 8-day exchange trip to Washington, DC and Boston. While in DC, the delegates got a chance to experience various St. Patrick’s Day celebrations including the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Delegates at the St Patrick's Day parade in Washington DC
Expandd caption Turkey to US 2015

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 visit the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Expandd caption Professional Fellows American mentors

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 and Earl Oyas attending a Catmon Council meeting and being presented with a resolution
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Delegates sitting in the Myanmar parliamentary chamber
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.

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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.

MAC delegates on the Georgetown waterfront

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

ACYPL Congressional Alumni Members Reception — May 13, 2015

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Please join us for the ACYPL Congressional Alumni Members Reception to recognize the 114th Congressional class! To make a contribution to help support this even ...

[Alumni Reflection] Erin Van Sickle: “A culture of service in Vietnam and Myanmar”

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One of the reasons I was particularly excited to travel to Vietnam and Myanmar was to learn about the ways in which nonprofits, business communities, and govern ...

Here’s your chance to be named Best Citizen Diplomat from the US State Department

April 9,2015

  ACYPL American alumni are invited to take part in the first U.S. Department of State Citizen Diplomacy Challenge! By showcasing your exchange experience, ...