Oswego County Clerk Michael C. Backus will visit Russia for 12 days in May as part of an international exchange program organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The American Council of Young Political Leaders manages political exchanges for young American political leaders between the ages of 25 and 40.
The program is designed to reflect the broad diversity of the United States and includes equal numbers of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Backus is the youngest county clerk in New York state and the Oswego County Republican Committee chair.
He was invited to participate in a seven-member delegation that will leave from Washington, D.C. for Moscow on May 8.
“I am honored to receive this invitation,” said Backus. “As a delegate to Russia, I will be provided with the unique opportunity to meet with elected officials at the national, regional and local levels, as well as policy makers, business, and community leaders, and Russian alumni who travelled to the US on an ACYPL program.”
Backus will be representing New York state along with Oswego County while in Russia. He plans to share information about Oswego County fishing and manufacturing, along with state tourism opportunities like the Baseball Hall of Fame.
SUNY Oswego, Le Moyne College and Syracuse University will also be topics of discussion for Backus as he plans to also promote Central New York as a leader in higher education.
“ACYPL and our program partner in Russia, the Youth Public Chamber, will work together to design a unique exchange for this delegation,” said Libby Rosenbaum, vice president of programs and communications.
“Delegates are provided with opportunities to strengthen their personal leadership and public diplomacy skills and enhance their understanding of international relations,” she said.
The American Council of Young Political Leaders was founded in 1966 as a way to promote cooperation and understanding around the world.
Program alumni include Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and more than 40 current members of the House of Representatives.