AICGS’ German-American youth exchange program addresses the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation.” As part of this initiative, twenty young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society take part in seminars and site visits in Washington and Berlin.
This innovative program establishes new connections between communities growing principally from an immigration background and addresses common challenges of integration such as unemployment, political and societal leadership, and international engagement. Project participants 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
Activities comprise a conference and site visits in both cities. Participants at the conference engage in small groups and interact with leading experts from minority umbrella organizations, government, research institutions, and political foundations. Participants 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.
For questions about this project, please contact Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is generously funded by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Additional support was provided by the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program.