Support the Next Generation of Transatlantic Leaders from Minority Communities

From the 2015 migration crisis in Europe to this year’s immigration ban in the United States, we have seen how issues of immigration and integration directly affect the people in our communities. Whether a national border policy or local language training efforts, the U.S. and Germany face similar challenges. Building understanding within our own societies—and across the Atlantic—will be imperative for our diverse world.

This is the purpose of AICGS’ German-American youth exchange program in 2017-2018 on “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation,” but we need your help. The grant for this program requires matching funds of $23,100—can you make a donation today? Your donation will enable AICGS to offer a robust experience to the participants and help their voices to be heard.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to support the operation of this program.

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AICGS’ program is designed to bring twenty young leaders with an immigration background from Germany and the U.S. together for intensive conferences and site visits in Washington, DC and Berlin. The exchange aims to promote members of the millennial generation and their efforts to contribute to society, to give voice to diversity on important issues affecting young people of different backgrounds, and to enhance the transatlantic partnership.

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Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to support the operation of this program.

AICGS has two primary objectives for the program:

  1. to deepen public understanding of the issues and concerns of the largest populations in Germany and the United States with an immigration background;
  2. and to build and sustain a network of young leaders committed to transatlantic relations.
We need matching funds to fulfill the aims of the program.

We have received a grant from the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany (through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology) for the program, but we need to raise matching funds in the amount of $23,100. Any donation amount will help us toward achieving our goal for this worthwhile project.


Goal: $23,100

What they’re saying:

“This program made a significant impression in my life. The primary reason being that the other program participants were dynamic, and they’re commitment to making this world a more inclusive one for underrepresented people really inspired me. They quickly became friends of mine; I felt lucky to be surrounded with people who were so smart and passionate. Second, I was really struck by how similar the migrant experience was in each country. As migrants and children of migrants, we are acutely aware of the challenges facing our communities in our respective countries, and many of these challenges mirror one another! I truly believe that in the near future, the folks in this program will be the ones meeting these challenges head-on.”  Maritza Perez
“Hearing my German colleagues speak of the term undocumented was the first time I realized that we shared similarities despite living in different countries and having never met before. At first, I had no specific expectations as to how we would all relate. This moment also created a sense of unity and camaraderie as we all began to share personal background information while engaging in dialogue that grew our understanding of each other’s present situation.” Alex Alvarado
“For the future of transatlantic relations, we must also win over new societal groups that have a different cultural heritage. This is why I am particularly pleased to welcome to the Bundestag for the first time members of a new exchange program that brings together primarily young Hispanic people from the U.S. and young people with Turkish roots from Germany. This presents an important contribution to a new and diverse transatlantic generation. I am grateful to the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, AICGS, for this excellent initiative, which is supported with ERP funds from the Federal Ministry of Economics.” Andreas Nick, Member of the German Bundestag