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Expandd caption Morocco, Palestine + Tunisia 2015

In May, 9 political and policy leaders from Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia journeyed to the US for a 10-day exchange trip to DC and California. While in Sacramento, they toured the California State House.

Delegation with Program Officer James Wynn visiting the California State Capitol in Sacramento
Expandd caption US to Croatia + Hungary 2015

In May, 7 geographically and politically diverse Americans traveled to Croatia and Hungary for a 10-day exchange trip to learn about the two countries legislative process and and meet with local leaders and prominent political officials. In Eger, Hungary the group visited the Romanesque Cathedral.

Delegates visiting the Romanesque Cathedral in Hungary_FOR HOMEPAGE
Expandd caption ACYPL Congressional Alumni Members Reception

In May, ACYPL alumni + friends gathered at Comcast NBCUniversal to honor and recognize ACYPL alumni who were elected to the 114th Congressional Class: Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Gary Peters, Congressman Mark Takai, Congressman Alex Mooney, Rep. Evan Jenkins, and Congresswoman Amata Coleman Radewagen. We were also joined by additional alumni and Congressional members, including Congressman Adrian Smith, Congressman Jim Costa, and Congressman Erik Paulsen; and six of our YSEALI professional fellows from the Philippines, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Expandd caption YSEALI Professional Fellows

Beginning in April, 14 emerging professional and political leaders joined us in the US as a part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. Four Indonesian fellows, participating in month-long individual fellowships in Minnesota,  were recognized on the Minnesota State House Floor during their orientation in the state. They also got the opportunity to meet the Hon. Kurt Daudt, Speaker of the Minnesota House & Rep. for District 31A.

Indonesian fellows on the Minnesota House Floor with Kurt Daudt Speaker of the Minnesota House & District 31A Representative
Expandd caption Russia to US 2015

In late April, 6 diverse political leaders from Russia joined us in the US for a 10-day exchange trip to DC, Virginia, and Colorado. While in Washington, DC, the group met with political officials on the Hill, and visited the US Capitol.

Russian delegates outside of the US Capitol building
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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
Expandd caption Share your experience

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

“US to Croatia + Hungary ’15]: “7 US politicos, 2 countries, 10 days”

May 22,2015

In May, 7 geographically and politically diverse Americans traveled to Hungary and Croatia for a 10 day exchange trip to learn about the two countries legislati ...

[US to Hungary + Croatia '15] Dawson Hobbs: “On Broken Relationships and New Hope”

May 22,2015

My ACYPL trip surprised me in many ways, but most surprising was how one of the first sights we saw served as a metaphor for an entire country. After a whirlwin ...

[Russia to US '15]: Old Partnerships, New Friendships

May 12,2015

In late April, 7 diverse political leaders from Russia joined us in the US for a 10-day exchange to DC, Virginia, and Colorado. Continue reading → ...