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
Global Nomads Group’s (GNG) Campfire programs focus on storytelling, an interdisciplinary and powerful vehicle for youth to build empathy, global awareness, action orientation, and 21st Century skills. By exchanging their personal stories with one another, youth reflect on their cultures, communities, and contexts; storytelling allows students to make global issues personal, relevant, and actionable. Via GNG’s online platform, students engage with curated global content and exchange stories, making youth’s own stories a primary source for classroom learning. GNG’s Campfire programs include Student to World and Collaborating Classrooms.
- In Student to World, youth explore global issues via activities, media resources, and stories created by their peers from around the world. At the end of their journey, youth create an action plan to benefit their
local and global communities.
- Collaborating Classrooms expands middle- and high-school students’ exposure to and understanding of their global peers and the contexts and communities in which they live. Classrooms are partnered with up to three other classrooms from around the world and they complete an 8-10 week long curriculum in tandem, collaborating virtually through GNG’s online platform. The program culminates with the creation of personal stories that students present at a Story Share event.
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 community college students in the United States with their peers in Jordan and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable business solution to a provided challenge prompt related to different business sectors. Students develop workforce skills as they engage on bi-national teams in a virtual business competition during a six- to ten-week period. At the conclusion of GSSC, teams submit a video pitch and business concept. Top teams are invited to pitch live at the Virtual Global Business Expo where the top three finalists are selected by an advisory committee comprised of industry professionals and educators.
They are seeking faculty and administrators at community colleges in the US and at higher education institutions in Iraq and Jordan
Soliya – Connect Global
Soliya’s Connect Global: US-MENA brings together college-aged youth in the United States and in the Middle East and North Africa for online, face-to-face dialogue. Participants 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 develop greater global awareness while building critical 21st century skills and attitudes.
They are seeking faculty and administrators of any discipline at higher education institutions.
World Learning – NextGen Coders Network (NGCN)
The NextGen Coders Network (NGCN) is a virtual exchange implemented by World Learning that 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 are 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 demo their prototype solutions at the Solutions Showcase.
They are seeking faculty and administrators at higher education institutions as well as program managers at organizations that engage with youth and young adults.
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 design and implement a community service project. Through interactive modules on leadership, community issues, and digital citizenship, participants gain 21st century and global competency skills. Through small group dialogues with participants from different countries, participants develop mutual understanding and learn how to communicate across cultures and regions.
They are seeking educators, and youth groups in the United States and Algeria, Iraq, and Yemen to share this opportunity with young people aged 14-19.