Connecting Youth

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange.

Young people are struggling to find their place in changing societies.

Young people often lack the skills they need to thrive in a globalized world. More and more jobs require language skills, collaboration with people from different backgrounds, and familiarity with global issues. These skills are critical to understanding the impact of global trends and events on our lives and our societies.

Young people lack access to international experiences.

A small minority of youth study abroad as part of their undergraduate education. Exchange between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa is particularly limited. There is a need for opportunities for American students who wish to study abroad and students in the Arab world looking for opportunities to study in the U.S. The skills and competencies acquired during an international experience can help students as they launch their career.

Virtual exchange provide young people meaningful international experiences.

[Virtual exchange] is important to understand different people from around the world and broaden your knowledge about different places and different people.

Kendall, high school student, U.S.
chicago student

I never thought I would be able to communicate with international students...I learned we are all human, despite the differences in languages and faiths.

Abdul Aziz, university student, Jordan
Abdul Aziz square

Paying Tribute to the Legacy of Chris Stevens

The Stevens Initiative is a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who devoted his life to building bridges between cultures.

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