American Experience Foundation
Educating and Inspiring Students in our Nation’s Capital
The American Experience Foundation (AEF) enriches the lives of low-income students through inspirational travel experiences and educational opportunities to cultivate the next generation of hospitality industry professionals. AEF is the 501(c)(3) charity affiliated with Destination DC. Download an overview.
Hospitality and tourism is a $7.3 billion industry employing 74,000 people in Washington, DC. AEF offers students an introduction to the wonder of travel and exposure to hospitality career paths.
- Free field trips for low-income 8th graders from Washington, DC and across the country
- Scholarships to qualified DC Hospitality Academy students and graduates
- Internships and mentorships to connect students to hospitality industry careers
“AEF gave me the ability to see outside of Southeast, the only place I’ve seen my whole life.” - Kayla, 8th Grade Student, Charles Hart Middle School
|$10,000||in scholarships awarded|
|233||students served, including|
|100+||Career Ready interns placed at DDC members|
|75||DC students have traveled on Backyard Bound trips|
|135||out-of-town students came to DC on Rite of Passage trips|
|60+||in-kind partner businesses have donated services|