CSIET conducts a wide range of advocacy and outreach programs to promote international youth exchange. CSIET members are playing an evermore powerful presence in policy debates that affect international youth exchange programs both at the national and local levels.


Working with several international exchange organizations, including the Alliance, CSIET is actively engaged in national policy debates that have an impact on the international youth exchange community. To learn more about CSIET advocacy and outreach efforts at the national/federal level click here.


Policies affecting international youth exchange programs have been increasingly decided at the state and local levels. Accordingly, CSIET has established the Local Action Network (LAN) Initiative to monitor and engage state and local policymakers on concerns of interest to CSIET members. To learn about CSIET advocacy and outreach efforts at the state/local level click here.

Membership Working Groups

In 2005, CSIET formed two working groups, the EOC and the POW, to coordinate and steer the foundation's outreach activities.

The mission of the Education Outreach Committee (EOC), which is comprised of youth exchange program and school members, is to create a more open environment in U.S. schools to enroll students from CSIET-Listed programs through outreach and educational activities. EOC activities include the development of an Administrators Guide for school interest in youth exchange, overseeing the Annual Global Classroom Awards Program and the National School Conference on International Youth Exchange.

The second working group, CSIET's Public Outreach Working Group (POW), develops initiatives aimed at gaining wider public exposure for youth exchange programs. Currently, the POW is planning a public service announcement campaign to promote the importance and value of these programs.