Still image of members of HEARTBEAT.


HEARTBEAT is a group of young Israeli and Palestinian musicians who work together to build mutual understanding and transform conflict through the power of music. Founded in 2007 by Aaron Shneyer during his Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship, HEARTBEAT is centered on the idea of music as a force of cultural change.


DanceMotion USA, 2013 Tour

DanceMotion USA 2013 Cultural Diplomacy tour.

    As a member of the State Department’s Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports, Jessica Mendoza truly engaged in “fieldwork” by leading a softball clinic for teenage girls in Nicaragua.

Sports Diplomacy Softball Envoys: A Hit in Nicaragua

Under the Department’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, Olympians Jessica Mendoza and Ruby Rojas went to Nicaragua as sports envoys in February of 2013.

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The girls basketball team works with Tamika Raymond on drills and skills.

Empowering Women and Girls: WNBA Basketball Envoys in Ukraine

The State Department and NBA worked together to send former WNBA players Tamika Raymond and Nykesha Sales to Ukraine as Sports Envoys from January 28 to February 2, 2013.

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Joe Logan assists team members with their fast pitch.

Sports Envoys in India: Empowering Youth through Baseball and Softball

The State Department’s first-ever joint baseball and softball program sent MLB Hall-of-Famer Barry Larkin and Olympian Natasha Watley to India as Sports Envoys in Febuary 2013.

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Youth exchange participant and host family.

Experience America through a High School Exchange

Every year, the State Department brings almost 2,000 high school students from almost 50 countries to live with an American host family and go to high school for a year.