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FY 2022 Educational and Cultural Exchange Budget

Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia is a member of the national Global Ties U.S. network that advocates for funding on our behalf.

This November, we need your help to advocate for a robust and timely FY 2022 Educational and Cultural Exchange Budget, during International Education Week, November 15-19.

Afghan Exchange Alumni Advocacy Efforts

As many of you know, the fall of the Afghan government to the Taliban in August has led to a historic humanitarian crisis, which has affected scores of Afghan alumni of U.S.-sponsored exchange programs, including International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni. Global Ties U.S. is working with the Alliance for International Exchange on a Task Force for continued advocacy efforts for these severely at-risk Afghans to find safety.

Thank City Council and the Mayor's office of Philadelphia for restoring funding to international affairs!

Citizen Diplomacy received $100,000 in the FY21 City of Philadelphia Budget. It is just 42% of pre-pandemic funding and leaves a large need for a local match. The $237,000 we received in pre=pandemic funding represents just .00005 % of the $4.9 billion City budget. But it is 33% of Citizen Diplomacy's operating funds.

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