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American Experience Foundation

Inspiring the next generation of hospitality leaders

The American Experience Foundation (AEF) enriches the lives of students through inspirational travel experiences and educational opportunities to cultivate the next generation of hospitality industry professionals and leaders. AEF invests in young people in our community, supporting their career and college readiness.


Students have opportunities to interact one-on-one with professionals who look like them, sound like them, and have stories that mirror their own. They gain a sense of confidence and belonging in places, situations, and careers that may have otherwise felt off-limits.


Learn more about what we do in our 2023 Annual Review or click here to learn how to get involved.


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AEF News

AEF News Homepage

July News 2024

Meet the 2024 Career Ready Intern cohort

June News 2024

AEF awards over $70,000 in scholarships!

May News 2024

The DC Academies are headed to SkillsUSA.

April News 2024

AEF visits New York City

March News 2024

The annual DDC Member Volleyball Tournament was a huge success.

February News 2024

Join Academy students on a trip across DC!

January News 2024

Academy Students visit Enchant at Nationals Park

December News 2023

Coolidge students interview the Mayor at the Downtown Holiday Market...

November News 2023

Academy Students visit Cornell University

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