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.

What is virtual exchange?

Virtual exchange uses technology to connect people for education and exchange. Virtual exchange programs typically serve young people. Many virtual exchange programs are international, connecting participants in different countries to help them gain global competencies, among other knowledge, skills, and abilities. Many practitioners believe that facilitation by prepared, responsible adults — often but not always educators — is an important component of successful virtual exchange.

Virtual exchange provides 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
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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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