Welcome to AmerXchange!
AmerXchange is an an initiative dedicated to cultivating and promoting innovative collaboration across urban/rural divides. Our country has become entrenched in polarized political positions and opposing identities, but the truth is that we all have unique strengths shaped by where and how we grew up. Our aim is to harness the power of those strengths by equipping the next generation of American leaders with the ability to transform division into an opportunity for innovative collaboration.
Together we will craft a future in which young American leaders from every background are exchanging knowledge and creative ideas to empower both their own communities and the country overall.
The next generation of American leaders are growing up more isolated and divided than ever before, never getting to experience the vast strengths and opportunities of the many communities that together form the United States.
Understanding and celebrating that life is very different for someone growing up in Manhattan versus rural Wyoming, while also recognizing that each of our unique stories and communities contain strengths that together can be utilized to creatively solve problems, is the first step towards healing polarization, frustration, fear, and anger.
What’s more, students today often graduate without the ability to succeed in a world where leadership increasingly demands collaboration skills and expanded networks. Learning to collaborate across divides will help students to excel within their own communities, as well as support one another in innovative, forward-thinking ways that will benefit America as a whole.