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ACYPL’s first outbound delegation of 2017 sent 7 Americans on exchange to Australia.

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An American Delegation traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, and Sao Paulo, Brazil in March 2017.

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An Australian delegation traveled to DC, Ohio, and Oregon in February of 2017.

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ACYPL kicked off 2017 with a delegation from Argentina who travled to Washington, DC and Texas.

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With nearly 10,000 alumni around the world, there are a lot of acypl alumni stories. As a part of our 50th anniversary in August 2016, join us in sharing and telling acypl’s rich history. Learn about how you can record your story here, and catch up on the latest alumni stories here.

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We’ve changed a lot over the last 50 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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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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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 Brazil ’17] Tim Shaw: “Brazil is a critical country”

April 14,2017

We had a terrific experience visiting Brazil! I learned if you took the 10 largest countries by population, the 10 largest countries by land area, and the 10 la ...

[Alumni Reflection] Carolina Basualdo: Panchos and Politics in DC and Colorado

February 16,2017

I traveled to USA in 2014 six colleagues from Argentina, all invited by ACPYL and Fundacion Universitaria Rio de la Plata (FURP). We participated in a program t ...

[Alumni Reflection] Alena Popova: “I have used many techniques that I saw in US”

November 3,2016

I know about elections firsthand. At the time of the 2012 Elections Exchange program, I already had taken part as a candidate in the 2011 Russian Parliamentary ...