AICGS is pleased to announce its inaugural German-American youth exchange program on the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation.” As part of this new initiative, twenty young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society will take part in seminars and site visits in Washington and Berlin. The first part of the program in Washington, D.C., took place from October 12-15, 2015, and the second in Berlin will be held from May 1-4, 2016.
This innovative program will establish new connections between communities growing principally from an immigration background and address common challenges of integration such as unemployment, political and societal leadership, and international engagement. Project participants will include a core group of young leaders for intensive discussions and also interaction with the broader community of experts and advocates focused on issues of immigration, integration, and cross-cultural understanding.
AICGS has two primary objectives for the program:
- to deepen public understanding of the issues and concerns of the largest populations in Germany and the United States with an immigration background; and
- to build and sustain a network of young leaders committed to transatlantic relations. Click here to see a member of the German Bundestag highlight the importance of the program in this context.
Activities comprise a conference and site visits in both cities. Participants at the conference will engage in small groups and interact with leading experts from minority umbrella organizations, government, research institutions, and political foundations. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit other institutions including cultural/historical sites, offices of elected representatives, and non-profit associations that focus on issues of the underrepresented.
This program is generously funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) (Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWI)).