Since 2004, the National Committee has been selecting twelve graduating U.S. high school seniors who have received national recognition for their accomplishments to participate in the yearly U.S.-China Student Leaders Exchange. For the young American participants, the heart of the program is a two-week study visit to China during the summer between high school and college. Americans participants learn about China's successes and challenges and have unusual opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their Chinese counterparts as a consequence of homestays throughout most of the program.
In 1987, the Committee welcomed a delegation from the China Fund for the Handicapped. Headed by its founder and director, Deng Pufang (the son of Deng Xiaoping), himself wheelchair-bound as a result of a fall from a fourth-floor window during the Cultural Revolution, the delegation made stops in New York, D.C., Florida, and California, where it met with a host of national and local leaders, including President Ronald Reagan, Senator Ted Kennedy, and L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley. Then-NCUSCR president and delegation escort Art Rosen said Deng saw the trip as part of his mission "to raise public consciousness in China and the world to the problems of the handicapped."