The Exchange Program Sending American Teens Across State Lines

In a divided country, experiencing another state can expand your worldview as much as studying abroad.

Photo: The American Exchange Project

A new pilot domestic exchange program is connecting high schoolers who recently graduated with others who come from different backgrounds, have different experiences and live in different areas of the U.S.

This story was originally published by Next City. It is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems.

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Kristi Eaton is a freelance journalist based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post and elsewhere. Visit her website at KristiEaton.com or follow her on Twitter @KristiEaton.

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