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In May, seven emerging American leaders traveled to Israel and the Palestinian Territories for a 10-day exchange trip to learn about complicated history and political situation in the region.

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In March, delegates from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua traveled to Washington, DC and Florida for a 10-day exchange trip to learn about how technology is changing the way people engage with politics. In Miami, the group attended CNN’s Republican Presidential Debate.

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In December, 7 Americans traveled to India for a 12-day exchange to learn about US-India bilateral relationships and the Indian political system. While there, they rode a bull-powered rickshaw into Shivkar village.

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In February, a group of 5 Brazilians visited DC and Tennessee, which included 3-day fellowships based on their professional interest.

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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.


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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