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American Experience Foundation Backyard Bound Field Trip in Washington, DC

July 20, 2017 - AEF welcomed over 70 of this summer’s DCPS Career Ready interns and their hospitality industry host employers at the inaugural Career Ready Internship Luncheon on July 20, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington. Special thanks goes to General Manager Gail Smith-Howard and her team for hosting this event.

July 12, 2017 - The Rite of Passage field trip on July 10-12 hosted 30 students and 5 staff members from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region in North Carolina. Highlights included meeting Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-1) after a tour of the Capitol; lunch with Ms. Virginia Ali, co-founder of the iconic DC landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl; touring the Fredrick Douglass House; a sunset Big Bus tour; and hanging out with students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

July 5, 2017 - Thanks to the generous support of 27 partners, the July 4th VIP Celebration welcomed over 350 people and raised over $70,000 to support AEF programs. Special thanks goes to all of our partners and our hosts at the American Pharmacists Association.

American Experience Foundation Rite of Passage Field Trip in Washington, DC

June 15, 2017 DC Public Schools’ Career Ready Internships placed over 100 students at 45 AEF hospitality and tourism partner host employers, smashing DCPS’ goals for this program.

June 12, 2017 - The Backyard Bound field trip on June 12th hosted 23 students from Kelly Miller Middle School (Ward 7, Washington, DC). Within a packed day traveling around the city on a Big Bus, students lunched with Marriott Marquis General Manager Dan Nadeau at Madame Tussauds and enjoyed Operation Spy at the International Spy Museum.

June 4, 2017 - As Washington, DC welcomed US Travel’s IPW for the very first time, 26 students from the DC Academies of Hospitality and Tourism volunteered to be part of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the National Air & Space Museum, National Mall, and Washington Nationals Park. This gave these students a chance to interact with professionals from over 70 different countries and be part of executing events of incredibly large size and scope. 

May 23, 2017 - The Foundation awarded 4 scholarships to Andre Jones (Maya Angelou Public Carter HS); Deranique Graydon (Ballou HS); Zoe Michele Roberts (Wilson HS); and Johana Romero-Valdez (CHEC); Ms. Graydon was also the winner of the 2016 Gregory McCarthy Scholarship and interned at Destination DC. AEF was honored to have Ms. Graydon and Ms. Romero-Valdez at the July 4th Celebration and Ms. Roberts at the AEF Intern Luncheon.