[Alumni news] Historic meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and young Israelis organized by Hilik Bar MK

  Hilik Bar visited the US on his ACYPL exchange in June 2001 as Chairman of the National Student Organization-Israeli Labor Party, and since that visit he has risen through the ranks to become the Secretary General of the Labor Party, … Continue reading

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2014 Professional Fellows Program

ACYPL is excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2014 Professional Fellows Legislative Process and Governance Program. We are looking for political, policy, and civil society leaders, between the ages of 25 and 40, from the Philippines, … Continue reading


[US to India 2013] Mat Erpelding: The “Ah-ha” Moment

    Our last delegation of the 2013 visited India, and Idaho State Representative Mat Erpelding blogged about the connections he saw between both countries. Deeksha– ACYPL Experiential Learning

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[US to the Philippines & Malaysia 2013] Matt Summy: Trying to capture the experience in words

Meaningful connections are rare, which is why we value them so much when then happen. As a member of the delegation to the Philippines and Malaysia, we had so many meaningful connections that I remain in a virtual state of … Continue reading


[US to Australia 2013] Donovan Dela Cruz on the intersection of public space and natural beauty

To describe Australia’s landscape as beautiful and diverse– and being from Hawaii I know beautiful and diverse when I see it—would be a huge understatement. But what is unique about Australia is its commitment to ensure a modern infrastructure and … Continue reading

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[US to the Philippines and Malaysia 2013] Katie Koupal on expectations

“Have fun and expect the unexpected,” were the departing remarks our delegation finished our briefings in DC and headed to Manila. Glancing down at our jam-packed schedule, I left thinking, “no way, we won’t have time for surprises,” but 36 … Continue reading


[US to the Philippines & Malaysia 2013] Steve Schale: “The Philippines in a colorful place..”

Steve is live-blogging the delegation’s travels over at his website http://steveschale.com/  Check in on their experience so far: Welcome to Manila An Amazing Country Steve Schale is the President of Schale Communications in Tallahassee, Florida.  


[US to Australia 2013] Megan Hess: A New, Global Perspective of Home

It is no secret I love my home state of Iowa. I came to Australia naïve about the connection my home state would have with this beautiful nation. Just a few days into our trip, it was clear: from producers … Continue reading

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[Active Citizen Summit 2012 update] Regional Expansion of the Youth Company

Nacim Filali, one of the participants from our 2012 Active Citizen Summit, continues to grow the Algerian expansion of the Youth Company. Through connections made during ACS, The Youth Company expanded regionally from Qatar to Morocco and Algeria, which was … Continue reading

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[US Vets to Japan 2013] Dan Murray: Asking the Right Questions

While on the long flight home from an amazing two-week journey in Japan, I repeatedly asked myself, “What should I do with the immeasurable gifts of friendship, experiences and knowledge that I just received and how can I take the … Continue reading

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