More than 175 students at 39 schools in 14 states are taking part in weekly online hangouts as part of a new program that offers high school students a chance to meet others from varied backgrounds, regions and world views. Founder David McCullough developed the American Exchange Project after realizing that US teenagers, growing up in their own bubbles, wanted to experience something else. He hopes it will become the first nationwide domestic exchange program and that, post-pandemic, students will be able to travel to meet their new friends.

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