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The first inbound of 2014 visited sunny Arizona and spent time with Secretary of State Ken Bennett

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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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Here’s the group in the Palácio do Planalto, aka the Brazilian White House, while visiting Brasilia.

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Delegates from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam met with US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan during their first week in DC.

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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
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Latest News

[Active Citizen Summit 2.0] Small moments, big impact

April 8,2014

This year’s Active Citizen Summit 2.0 unites 18 young social entrepreneurs—one from every Middle Eastern and North African country and the Palestinian terri ...

Congrats to our new Board leadership

March 12,2014

Board elections were held yesterday and we have a new President and Chair!  Stacie Fujii (Egypt ’05, Thailand ’08) was elected President and Rick S ...

[Alumni news] Historic meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and young Israelis organized by Hilik Bar MK

February 26,2014

  Hilik Bar visited the US on his ACYPL exchange in June 2001 as Chairman of the National Student Organization-Israeli Labor Party, and since that visit h ...