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Citizen Diplomat Academy

A free, virtual, international exchange program for high school and university students in Philadelphia and abroad who are interested in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Citizen Diplomat Academy

The Citizen Diplomat Academy introduces students to new friends internationally. Students learn to be a Citizen Diplomat and apply the core skills of diplomacy, cross-cultural dialogue, STEM entrepreneurship, and social innovation from a rotating group of instructors from the top universities, start-up businesses, innovation labs, and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and around the world.


Participants: Age 14-18, High School level, 25 from Philadelphia, US / 25 from outside the U.S.


How to Succeed as a STEM/Entrepreneur Innovator

Do you love science, technology, engineering, and math? Are you curious about entrepreneurship? This exchange will introduce you to entrepreneurs who turned technology, inventions, and scientific discoveries into businesses that reach all over the world.


Exchange I: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 20 - July 14, 10 AM - 11:30 AM (PHL)

Exchange J: Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 2-25, 10 AM - 11:30 AM (PHL)

Exchange M: Tuesdays, October 11 - December 13, 2022; 4 PM - 5 PM (PHL)

Exchange N: Saturdays, October 15 - December 17, 2022, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PHL)


How to Succeed as a Social Innovator

Do you want to learn how to solve community challenges? This exchange explores UN Sustainable Development Goals. Shows how politics, design, and business are addressing social problems.


Exchange K: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 20 - July 14, 12-1:30 PM (PHL)

Exchange L: Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 2-25, 12-1:30 PM (PHL)

Exchange O: Wednesdays, October 12 - December 7, 4 PM - 5 PM (PHL)

Exchange P: Saturdays, October 15 - December 17, 2022, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PHL)

The main concept that I learned from the Citizen Diplomat Academy was how to have a proper dialogue. My personal favorite is 'To have a conversation both listen and learn.' This is a tool that I now live by and try to teach my peers.

Surayah, Chester, USA
Girard College
Citizen Diplomat Academy Participant


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These life-changing international exchanges remain free to students because of generous donors, like you!   High school students are open-minded and ready to learn about themselves and the world, but COVID has canceled in-person travel worldwide. With your help, an introduction to one international friend, made at this point in their development, can influence the trajectory of their lives in a positive, lasting way.

CDI international students

Program Partners



Major funding for Citizen Diplomat Academy Youth Exchanges was provided by The MidDay Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the Connelly Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, Chris and Ellen Maguire, and many donations from generous individuals, like you, who want youth worldwide to see the unlimited possibilities the future has in store for global citizens.

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