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 other international exchange organizations, including the Alliance, CSIET is actively engaged in national policy debates that 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 to coordinate and steer the foundation's outreach activities. The mission of the School Outreach Working Group (SOW), 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. SOW 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 CSIET Public Outreach Working Group (POW), works on initiatives aimed at gainer wider public exposure for youth exchange programs. Currently, POW is planning a public service announcement campaign to promote the importance of value of these programs.