The Stevens Initiative helps organizations in the United States, the Middle East, and North Africa connect with each other to expand virtual exchange programs. The programs listed here are interested in having new partners join their programs. Read the descriptions of their programs and what they are seeking, then fill out the form below to indicate which program or programs you are interested in joining.
The Stevens Initiative will review each submission to determine whether there is an appropriate partner for all individuals or organizations. Please note that the Initiative may not be able to identify an appropriate partner for all individuals or organizations.
Global Nomads Group – Campfire
Campfire, Global Nomads Group’s (GNG) flagship program, focuses on virtual storytelling – an interdisciplinary and powerful vehicle for youth to build empathy, self-awareness, and global understanding. Campfire uses technology to integrate different perspectives and knowledge into the classroom, allowing students to learn about their international peers. By exchanging their personal stories with one another, youth reflect on their families, cultures, communities, and contexts, and see themselves as actors in the world.
They are seeking middle school or high school teachers in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa region.
IREX – Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC)
The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC), implemented by IREX, connects students in the United States, Jordan, and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable solution to a contemporary business challenge. Bi-national teams engage during a six to ten-weeks period to create a sustainable business solution to a challenge identified by an industry partners across business sectors. Throughout the challenge participants will develop workforce skills, network with industry professionals, and participate in a virtual career fair. At the conclusion of GSCC, bi-national teams will submit a video pitch and business plan for their prototype to the Virtual Global Business Expo where the top three finalists will be selected by an advisory committee comprised of industry professionals and educators.
They are seeking professors in post-secondary institutions (specifically community colleges) to implement the program in the United States, Jordan and Iraq.
Soliya – Connect Global
Soliya’s Connect Global will bring together college-aged youth in the United States and in the Middle East and North Africa for online, face-to-face dialogue. Participants will discuss global and social issues in the presence of trained facilitators, engaging in both synchronous (live) and asynchronous exchange. Through facilitated discussions on possibly divisive topics—such as religion, gender, current events, social culture, media, and the environment—participants will develop greater global awareness while building critical 21st century skills and attitudes.
They are seeking professors in post-secondary institutions to implement the program in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa region.
World Learning – NextGen Coders Network (NGCN)
The NextGen Coders Network (NGCN) is a virtual exchange implemented by World Learning that will bring together university students and young professionals to create solutions to their countries’ greatest challenges using code. The exchange is structured as a 10-week “Hackathon” that includes instruction on cross-cultural collaboration, introduction to coding languages, and facilitated project design. Teams will be multi-disciplinary and transnational, with each member bringing unique perspective and expertise on critical fields such as healthcare, civic engagement, and the environment. At the end of each NGCN cycle, teams will demo their prototype solutions via online ideas festivals.
They are seeking professors in post-secondary institutions to implement the program in the United States, the Palestinian Territories, and Iraq.
World Learning – The Experiment Digital
The Experiment Digital, implemented by World Learning, is a two-month summer virtual exchange program that helps high school-aged youth become more civically engaged by empowering them to plan and execute a community service project. Through interactive modules on leadership, community issues, and digital citizenship, participants will gain 21st century global competency skills. Through small group dialogue with participants from different countries, participants will develop mutual understanding and learn how to communicate across cultures and regions.
They are seeking high school teachers in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa region.