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Minnesota State Senator Melisa Franzen at a July 4th garden party in Belfast that also commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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The group visited El Djem amphitheater, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during their time in Tunisia.

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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

Latest News

US-Russia Media Dialogue 2014: Connecting people

July 9,2014

    Last July, when we won a grant from the US Embassy in Moscow to bring 10 Russian journalists to the US I had no idea what the year would bring.   ...

18th Annual Alumni Reception — August 20, 2014

June 30,2014

Join fellow alums, friends, and a delegation from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines in Minneapolis for the 18th Annual Alumni Reception! It’s our fa ...

[US to Tunisia and Morocco 2014] Linda Rotunno: The Best Guide

June 27,2014

  So much of an ACYPL experience is about the people we meet and interact with along the way.  Hatem Bourial, with his warm smile and wild, beautiful curl ...