Formosa Foundation Kicks Off 8th Annual Ambassador Program

Students Learn the Art of Advocacy at Congressional Boot Camp

WASHINGTON--()--Twenty-seven students from across the globe who were selected for the highly competitive Ambassador Program will spend 12 days on Capitol Hill at a congressional “boot camp" presented by the Los Angeles based Formosa Foundation to learn the art of public advocacy.

The eighth annual Formosa Foundation Ambassador Program runs from June 14-25. During the unique two-week program young leaders are drilled how to operate as an insider, inside the beltway. With more than 50 years combined legislative and executive experience the Formosa Foundation is exclusively positioned to provide “hands-on” training on how to be effective in Washington. The Ambassadors Program combines both advocacy and education and brings supporters of democracy and human rights into direct contact with experts who know the issues and more importantly with elected leaders in Congress who create policies that affect U.S. - Taiwan relations. The Program offers participants an opportunity to develop the grassroots activism and campaign skills necessary to further cultivate their leadership potential.

During the first week, Ambassadors meet with U.S. officials, scholars and policy experts. The speakers include officials from the National Security Council and the State Department, as well as the Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Barbara Schrage, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Randall Shriver, Congressional Research Service policy analyst Shirley Kan, and U.S.-Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond Chambers. The participants will also meet with: Richard Bush, Brookings Institution; Daniel Blumenthal, American Enterprise Institute; Louisa Greve, the National Endowment for Democracy; Tamara Luzzatto, Pew Charitable Trusts; Sarah Cook, Freedom House; Laura Quinn, Catalist; Lane Bailey, Golin Harris; Stephan Yates, DC Asia Advisors; June Teufel Dryer, University of Miami; and many other notable scholars and experts. Ambassadors spend their second week meeting with members of Congress and their staff. Last year, participants held meetings in 175 congressional offices.

Based in Los Angeles, the Formosa Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting greater understanding of the relationship between Taiwan and the United States and preserving and enhancing democracy, human rights and freedom for the people of Taiwan.

PRESS CONFERENCE:

Friday, June 25, 2010. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Contacts

The Formosa Foundation
Terri Giles, 304-741-2632
tgiles@formosafoundation.org

Release Summary

The Ambassador Program combines in-house training with on-the-ground activist work. Participants develop the expertise, analytical framework, and network to effectively promote Taiwan.

Contacts

The Formosa Foundation
Terri Giles, 304-741-2632
tgiles@formosafoundation.org