Grateful to be selected for American Council of Young Political Leaders(ACYPL) Professional Fellowship Program (PFP) this spring for 6 weeks in the US.
I've always wanted to learn about America's political system. I distinctively remember being inspired by Barack Obama's campaign in 2008 as an 18-year impressionable young person. I recall obsessively watching the progressive The Young Turks show on YouTube for opinions on political affairs. More recently, I was captivated by Frank Underwood's shadowy manoeuvring in the nation's capital to become president in the House of Cards.
And here I am...
Looking forward to learning about civic engagement -- how everyday American citizens engage in the political process to champion their issues and shape policy. I'm even more fortunate to be placed in #Minnesota - a state known for their active citizenry. Minnesotans are known for their record-breaking high voter turnout election after election. Looking forward to learning from and sharing with my host YouthCARE in Minneapolis. I already have a preview of America's vibrant NGO and entrepreneurship scene and I'm excited to bring back what I learn to Malaysia.
Thanks, Kaylee Boalt, Pete DeAnna and Elliot Bell-Krasner from ACYPL for making this happen. Thanks, U.S. Department of State for funding this program. Thanks, fellow Fellows - excited for the next 6 weeks! Let's do this!
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