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American Experience Foundation Backyard Bound Field Trip in Washington, DC

December 11, 2017 -  The Washington Area Concierge Association awarded AEF with a $1,000 donation during their holiday party. The Foundation was nominated by several members for our work in the DC hospitality community.

December 11, 2017 - The Culture Crew culinary program kicked off at Reren. The Culture Crew is a program in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to create an innovative and immersive experience for teens interested in hospitality, culinary arts and cultural leadership. These students will have the opportunity to experience the region's best in dining and hospitality and serve as a leader in appreciating new cultures for their Club and peers.

November 10, 2017 - AEF and 22 students from the DC Academies of Hospitality and Tourism visited the Marriott Marquis and the W Hotel Times Square in New York City to learn the ins and outs of these powerhouse hotels. After tours and a Q&A with hotel staff, they were treated to dinner at Buca di Beppo and the opening night performance of DC's own Step Afrika at the New Victory Theatre. Special thanks to Thomas Penny, Scott Nadeau, Ed Baten, Jim Deilman and C. Brian Williams for making this trip so special!

October 19, 2017 - Students from Ballou High School's Academy of Hospitality and Tourism visited the iHeartRadio studios in Rockville, Md. to learn more about marketing and radio broadcasting. DDC and AEF are proud to connect member businesses with students interested in a future career in hospitality. Special thanks to iHeartMedia's Jeff Newman and Patti Cochran for arranging the tour and our tour guide, Jennie Reynolds, for showing us around. 

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.