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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 Professional Fellows Program, fall 2014

Nine professionals from Myanmar, Malaysia, and the Philippines joined us for the fall Professional Fellows Program (PFP), a four-week intensive fellowship program. Participants completed 3-week fellowships in various states, and engaged in day-to-day mentoring and guidance from an ACYPL alumnus. In Texas, Myanmar fellows were presented with honorary Austin citizenship by Councilwoman Tovo at an Austin City Council meeting in October.

Tial Hnin accepting his honorary citizenship from Austin City Hall
Expandd caption India and Pakistan Election Fellows 2014

Nine fellows from India and Pakistan joined us for the 2014 US Elections Exchange Program. After a brief orientation in Washington, DC, the group traveled to Florida, where they met with local and prominent officials, political leaders, and witnessed the US election process first-hand. At the University of South Florida, they discussed the US legislative system with Dr. Susan MacManus.

Dr. Susan McManus speaking with delegates about the political situation in FL
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Ten fellows from various European nations, including Bulagaria, France, Italy and Romania, journeyed to the US to participate in our 2014 US Election Exchange program. After a brief orientation in Washington, DC, the group traveled to Kentucky, where they learned the ins and outs of the US legislative process. The group also had the opportunity to tour the Keeneland race grounds in Lexington, KY.

Delegates at Keeneland Racegrounds(edit)
Expandd caption Australian Election Fellows 2014

Through our partnership with the Australian Political Exchange Council, five professionals from different political parties in Australia joined us for the 2014 US Election Exchange program. After a brief orientation in Washington, DC, the group traveled to Louisiana to learn about the US election process on all levels. Before taking off for the US, they met US Ambassador to Australia John Berry.

Australian delegation meeting with US Ambassador to Australia John Berry (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

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