The Collective Public Policy Voice of the Exchange Community

In the lead up to the November presidential and congressional elections, it is critical for the international exchange community and its partners to engage in advocacy at the local level in communities across the U.S.. Exchange programs make significant economic and social contributions to states, cities, and towns across the country, and communicating these contributions to elected officials is critical to ensuring program sustainability and longevity.

Summer of Action is an Alliance-led initiative from Memorial Day through Labor Day to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of international exchange programs on Americans and their local communities.

Throughout the summer, Alliance members, supporters, and partners will be responsible for spreading #ExchangesImpact organizing a meeting with a Member of Congress’ district office or inviting them to attend an event with exchange participants and stakeholders.

We encourage all advocates for exchange programs to join us in sharing the impact of these programs on Americans and the communities they live in by taking to social media and sharing participant stories and impact data using the hashtags #ExchangesStartHere #StrongerCommunties #GlobalConnections.

Please contact Senior Manager for Policy and Government Relations Andrea Bodine at with any Summer of Action questions.