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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.

Expandd caption US to Vietnam + Myanmar 2014

7 American delegates traveled to Vietnam and Myanmar earlier this November for a 14-day political exchange. While in Myanmar, they had the incredible opportunity to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw, and tour the parliamentary chamber of Myanmar.

RESIZED_delegation met with Aung San Suu Kyi and Shwe Mann in Naypidaw (3)
Expandd caption US to Ghana + South Africa 2014

In November, 7 American delegates traveled to Ghana + South Africa to participate in a 14-day international exchange to learn about Ghanaian and South African politics, governance, and culture. While in South Africa, they took a catamaran across Table Bay to visit Robben Island.

Delegates taking a catamaran across Table Bay to Robben Island_EDITS
Expandd caption Professional Fellows Program, fall 2014

Nine professionals from Myanmar, Malaysia, and the Philippines joined us for the fall Professional Fellows Program (PFP), a four-week intensive fellowship program. Participants completed 3-week fellowships in various states, and engaged in day-to-day mentoring and guidance from an ACYPL alumnus. In Texas, Myanmar fellows were presented with honorary Austin citizenship by Councilwoman Tovo at an Austin City Council meeting in October.

Tial Hnin accepting his honorary citizenship from Austin City Hall
Expandd caption US Elections Exchange 2014

26 fellows from Australia, Bulgaria, France, India, Italy, Pakistan, and Romania joined us for the 2014 US Elections Exchange Program. After a brief orientation in Washington, DC, the groups traveled to Florida, Kentucky and Louisiana to watch the 2014 midterm elections. In Washington, DC, they visited various cultural sites including the US Capitol building.

Election fellows group photo in front of the US Capitol building

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

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December 4,2014

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