Inspiring the next generation of hospitality leaders

The American Experience Foundation (AEF) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of students by providing them with transformative travel experiences and valuable educational opportunities. This initiative aims to foster the development of the next generation of leaders and professionals in the hospitality industry. AEF actively invests in the local community’s youth, ensuring their career and college readiness.

Through AEF’s efforts, students gain unique opportunities to engage one-on-one with industry professionals who share similar backgrounds, providing relatable role models with stories that resonate with their own experiences. This interaction fosters a sense of confidence and belonging, particularly in environments, situations, and careers that may have otherwise felt off-limits.

We are delighted to highlight the impactful activities that took place in December at Enchant Washington D.C., where we organized work-based learning programs and networking events for more than 60 students and alumni from the AEF. You can meet the accomplished AEF interns by clicking here.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the American Experience Foundation for their collaboration, allowing Academy students an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the intricate process of creating the annual holiday wonderland at Nationals Park. Thank you, AEF, for facilitating these shared experiences that contribute to the growth and success of students!