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– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

""Everyone can be great because everyone can serve." "

As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, we are also taking the time to reflect upon service and leadership in the past year. 

At Destination DC and the American Experience Foundation, we strive each day to support local students in our community.


In early 2020, AEF provided students with memorable learning experiences including "Backyard Bound" field trips, visits to New York City, the Washington Auto Show and Enchant Christmas. Students interacted with staff, saw the work behind-the-scenes and made lasting connections. What did all these partners do to help?


When COVID-19 shuttered schools and eliminated work opportunities, AEF created a robust virtual Career Ready Internship (CRI) program for 72 summer high school interns. More than 50 industry professionals served as guest speakers and project judges.

Learn about our students and programs in our 2020 Annual Review.


Support AEF’s programs by making a donation, or contact Foundation Manager Lisa Waldschmitt to discuss how you can share your expertise and resources.

Dozens of business leaders joined AEF to support students this year. We thank them all for their investment in our future workforce: 

  • AC Hotel Washington, DC
  • American Airlines
  • Big Bus NYC
  • Conrad Hotel
  • DC Public Schools
  • Destination DC
  • Downtown Holiday Market
  • Enchant Christmas
  • Farmers & Distillers
  • Herron Printing & Graphics
  • Hotel Association of Washington, DC
  • Howard Theater
  • Hyatt Place National Mall
  • Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
  • International Spy Museum
  • Le Pain Quotidien
  • LEON
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse Washington, DC
  • Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
  • Marriott Marquis Times Square
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • Monumental Sports
  • National Airport
  • Old Town Trolley
  • Paul Stuart

  • Pisco y Nazca
  • PSAV
  • Reston Limo
  • RPM Italian
  • Sightseeing Pass
  • Signature Theatre
  • Smithsonian Enterprises
  • Step Afrika!
  • Sweetgreen
  • Taberna del Alabardero
  • Tanger Outlets National Harbor
  • The Canopy by Hilton
  • The Etiquette Institute of Washington
  • Thompson Washington DC
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • TopGolf
  • United Airlines
  • Urban Adventures
  • Vamoose Bus
  • Vida Fitness
  • Virgil’s Real Barbecue
  • WANADA/ Washington Auto Show
  • Washington, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
  • W Hotel New York Times Square

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