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American Experience Foundation

Inspiring the next generation of hospitality leaders

The American Experience Foundation (AEF) enriches the lives of students through inspirational travel experiences and educational opportunities to cultivate the next generation of hospitality industry professionals and leaders. AEF invests in young people in our community, supporting their career and college readiness.


Students have opportunities to interact one-on-one with professionals who look like them, sound like them, and have stories that mirror their own. They gain a sense of confidence and belonging in places, situations, and careers that may have otherwise felt off-limits.


Learn more about what we do in our 2022 Annual Review or click here to learn how to get involved.


Want to stay connected? Connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or Tiktok. Or sign up for our monthly newsletter, AEF in Action.

AEF News

AEF News Homepage

June News

Meet the 2023 AEF Scholarship winners!

May News

Meet three AEF volunteers & learn how you can brunch to benefit AEF

April News

AEF in NYC, at the airport, and more!

March News

Mass Media students run the AEF Recording Studio

February News

Field trips are back! From sports to culinary, we explored it all!

January News

Hospitality celebrates the holidays with Academy students

December News

The 2022 Annual Review is launched!

November News

AEF's 2022-23 interns create new TikTok and Instagram channels

October News

A summer of sustainability with Career Ready Interns and more

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