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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 Model American Congress (MAC) 2014

Through our partnership with Cairo University, eight high-achieving Egyptian students joined us in Washington DC for the culmination of the MAC program, a two-week exchange, which includes a one-week internship in a congressional, committee, or campaign office.

MAC delegates discussing internet freedom at Twitter DC with Nu Wexler (2)
Expandd caption Indonesia, Malaysia + Philippines to US

Delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines participated in a nine-day exchange beginning in Washington DC, and traveling to Montgomery and Birmingham, AL., and Minneapolis, MN. The group caught the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals baseball game at Target Field while in Minneapolis.

Delegates watching the Minnesota Twins vs Kansas Royals Baseball Game in Minneapolis
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Delegates from Hungary and Croatia with former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, State Host and alum Tom Hackl (Hungary and Romania 2005), and alum Senator Deb Peters (South Korea 2011) in South Dakota.

With former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (she's in the yellow), state host Tom Hackl (Hungary and Romania 2005 - on (EDITED)

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

[Model American Congress '14]: Egyptian students discover the US political landscape

September 17,2014

https://storify.com/ACYPL/model-american-congress-14 ...

[China to US 35th Anniversary] Vivien Li: Third Time’s a Charm

September 12,2014

I had the good fortune to be a delegate on ACYPL’s 30th Anniversary delegation to China in 2009, and two additional delegations in 1988 and 1999. All were ...

[Indonesia, Malaysia + Philippines to US '14]: Top Takeaways

August 26,2014

If you didn’t catch the social media conversation about our most recent delegation, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to the US, no worries! We̵ ...