About the Exchanges
Since 1966, the American Council of Young Political Leaders has provided elected officials and policy experts a global perspective through our exchange programs. We believe in bringing people together across oceans, borders, and political spectrums to foster mutual understanding, respect, and friendships among the next generation of leaders.
Our mission is to provide young leaders, both American and international delegates, with an opportunity to learn about international affairs through travel and people-to-people interactions that build relationships that last a lifetime.
Every year, with support from the United States Department of State, our international partner organizations, and a wide range of corporations, foundations, and individuals, ACYPL conducts a variety of exchanges for rising political leaders from across the United States and around the world. ACYPL has a network of over 8,500 alumni in 128 countries and territories.
ACYPL programs are designed for bipartisan groups of 7 emerging leaders under the age of 40 to experience another country’s political environment for 8-14 days. Participants visit the capital and 1-2 other cities to meet with government officials, political parties, elected leaders, policy experts, and members of the business community.