Join a Program

The Stevens Initiative helps institutions in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) connect with each other to expand virtual exchange programs. The programs listed here are interested in having new partners (educators along with schools, districts, postsecondary institutions, and nonprofit organizations) 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 program for all individuals or institutions. Please note that the Initiative may not be able to identify a suitable program for all individuals or institutions.

Empatico – Coding with Empathy Challenge

Empatico’s Coding with Empathy Challenge, developed in partnership with Code.org, brings together middle school students from the United States and Egypt to collaborate on a series of empathy-building computer science and virtual exchange experiences. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Middle School/Grades 6-8
  • Partners: Educators who work with middle-school students in schools or out-of-school programs; Community-based organizations with instructors who work with middle-school students in after- or out-of-school programs during weekdays.
  • Locations: United States
  • Time Frame: 10-15 hours over the course of 16 weeks; September-December 2021, February-May 2022

Global Nomads Group – Student to World

Student to World

Global Nomads Group’s Student to World allows youth to explore global issues via activities, media resources, and stories created by their peers from around the world. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Middle School/Grades 6-8; High School/Grades 9-12
  • Locations: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen
  • Time Frame: Flexible scheduling, 6-8 weeks of online content

Global Ties U.S. – MENA-USA Empowering Resilient Girls Exchange (MERGE)

Global Ties U.S.’s MENA-USA Empowering Resilient Girls Exchange (MERGE) brings together girls ages 15-19 from the United States and MENA region in a supportive virtual space to learn about their own mental health, develop emotional resilience skills, and share this knowledge with their communities. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: High School/Grades 9-12
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at high schools, as well as program managers at organizations that engage with youth and young adults.
  • Locations: Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, United States
  • Time Frame: At least 3 hours/week for 8 weeks; August-September 2021, February-March 2022 

Hashemite University – Research, Education, and Advocacy for Community Health (REACH)

Hashemite University’s Research, Education, and Advocacy for Community Health (REACH) brings together college-aged youth in the United States and in the Middle East for online, face-to-face learning experiences. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at higher education institutions, as well as program managers at organizations that engage with youth and young adults.
  • Locations: Iraq, Jordan, United States
  • Time Frame: 2 hours/week for 12 weeks; July-September 2021, November 2021-January 2022, March-May 2022

IREX – Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC)

IREX’s Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC) connects community college students in the United States with peers in Jordan and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable business solution to a provided challenge prompt related to different business sectors. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at US community colleges and at higher education institutions in Jordan and Iraq.
  • Locations: Jordan, Iraq, United States
  • Time Frame: 6-10 weeks

PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education – Game Changers in Education

PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education’s Game Changers in Education brings together undergraduate education majors and pre-service teachers from the United States and Israel for interactive joint learning and facilitated online exchange focused on developing and applying creative negotiation skills in their schools and communities. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators from undergraduate education departments at state and community colleges in Massachusetts.
  • Locations: United States (Massachusetts)
  • Time Frame: 6 live sessions (3 hours/session), plus final project work; October-November 2021, March-April 2022

Soliya – Connect Global: US-MENA

Soliya’s Connect Global US-MENA brings together college-aged youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa for online, face-to-face dialogue. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate; Graduate; Young Adult
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at higher education institutions from any discipline
  • Locations: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen
  • Time Frame: 2 hours/week for 8 weeks; October-December 2021, March-May 2022

Soliya – Global Circles

Soliya’s Global Circles are short online dialogue opportunities, bringing together young people from various backgrounds and nationalities for a face-to-face exchange around compelling global issues that matter to youth today. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate; Graduate; Young Adult
  • Partners: Program managers at organizations that engage with youth and young adults.
  • Locations: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States
  • Time Frame: 5 hours/week with two 2.5 hour live sessions over the course of 2 weeks; February 2021, April 2021, June 2021, August 2021, October 2021, December 2021.

SUNY Upstate Medical University – Bridging Cultures to Defeat COVID-19

SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Bridging Cultures to Defeat COVID-19 is a virtual health sciences education program that brings together American, Middle Eastern, and North African clinical and scientific trainees for collaborative scientific and medical education and for unique professional development and cultural exchange opportunities. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate; Graduate; Young Adult
  • Partners: Faculty, staff, and student/trainee (near-peer) organizers and facilitators from higher education institutions that offer pre- or post-degree training in health science or medical related fields.
  • Locations: Libya, United Arab Emirates, United States (New York)
  • Time Frame: 10 hours/week for 2 weeks; September 2021, February 2022

World Learning – NextGen Coders Network

World Learning’s Next Gen Coders Network connects university students and young professionals to create solutions to their countries’ greatest challenges using code. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate; Graduate; Young Adult
  • Partners: Faculty and administrators at higher education institutions, as well as program managers at organizations that engage with youth and young adults.
  • Locations: United States
  • Time Frame: 5 hours/week for 8 weeks; July-September 2021

 

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