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Expandd caption US to Japan 2014

Seven delegates journeyed to Japan for a 14-day exchange where they met with prominent and local political leaders in various cities across the country. The group also had the great opportunity to meet US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy at the US Embassy in Tokyo!

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy pictured with delegates
Expandd caption US to Australia 2014

Six delegates journeyed to Australia for a 14-day exchange and got a taste of Aussie life in various cities across the country! While there, they had the opportunity to tour the Tarong Power Station and Meandu Mine where they learned about energy production in the country.

Delegates at Meandu Mine in Australia
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This year, we celebrated 35 years of exchange with China! Nine delegates participated in a 11-day exchange beginning in Washington DC, and traveling to Missouri and Colorado. While in St. Louis, the group got the opportunity to visit the Gateway Arch!

Delegates hanging out at the Gateway to the West in St. Louis, Missouri
Expandd caption Model American Congress (MAC) 2014

Through our partnership with the US Embassy in Cairo, eight high-achieving Egyptian students joined us in Washington DC for the culmination of the Model American Congress program, a two-week exchange which includes a one-week internship in a US Senate office.

MAC delegates discussing internet freedom at Twitter DC with Nu Wexler (2)

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

Myanmar professionals fellows named honorary citizens of Austin

October 27,2014

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ACYPL, like all small nonprofits, relies on interns to support its work. Three times a year, we welcome 2-3 undergrads or recent graduates to our join team. Bei ...

Now accepting applications: 2015 Professional Fellows Program

October 15,2014

ACYPL is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2015 Professional Fellows Program [PFP]. We are looking for political, policy, and ...