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NIAF launches $500,000 AP Italian challenge grant

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Today NIAF is proud to announce that we will support the AP Italian program for high school students around the country with a $500,000 matching grant. 

Why, you may ask? A quick refresher: In 2005, the College Board began offering AP Italian but announced three years later that it would cancel the program after the 2008-2009 academic year, citing lack of interest, unless $3 million became available to support it. Despite extensive work within the Italian American community, the AP Italian program ended in 2009.

Today, some high schools continue to teach the Italian language, even at the AP level, but AP Italian exams are no longer offered. As a result, students of Italian can't obtain college credit for their work, prompting them to instead study one of the other languages for which the exam is offered. (French, Spanish, German, etc.)

NIAF isn't alone. Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata secured a commitment from the Italian government for $1.5 million over a three-year period toward the program. Both the Embassy of Italy and NIAF are part of a coalition organized by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations to launch a nationwide campaign geared toward raising the remaining funds necessary.

To find out how you can help, contact NIAF's Director of Education and Culture Serena Cantoni at 202-939-3111 or serena@niaf.org. We can make a difference and bring the Italian language to more classrooms around the country!