Mobilize Youth Participation

The Stevens Initiative helps institutions in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) identify educators, youth organizers, and administrators who are interested in sharing virtual exchange opportunities with the youth they serve. The programs listed here have identified opportunities for interested individuals to share about their open enrollment programs that are available for young people to join. 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 providing materials, links, and other information to interested young people.

The Stevens Initiative will review each submission to determine whether there is an appropriate virtual exchange program based on the information submitted. Please note that the Initiative may not be able to identify a suitable program at this time.

Engineering World Health – Virtual Engineering Innovation & Cultural Exchange (VEIC)

Engineering World Health’s Virtual Engineering Innovation & Cultural Exchange fosters an international collaboration between participants living in the United States, Lebanon, and Jordan with a focus on science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM). Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: High School/Grades 9-12; Undergraduate
  • Locations: Jordan, Lebanon, United States
  • Time Frame: 4 hours/week, 4 weeks for Curiosity Track; 6 weeks for Capstone Track. July 2021, August 2021, November 2021 (Curiosity); June-July 2021; May-June 2022 (Capstone)

Global Nomads Group – 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
  • Locations: Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, United States
  • Time Frame: At least 3 hours/week for 8 weeks; August-September 2021, February-March 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
  • 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: 5 hours/week, with two 2.5 hour live sessions over the course of 2 weeks; September 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
  • Locations: Libya, United Arab Emirates, United States (New York)
  • Time Frame: 10 hours/week for 2 weeks; September 2021, February 2022

The New York Academy of Sciences – The Junior Academy

The New York Academy of Sciences’ Junior Academy is a virtual exchange program bringing together a passionate community of problem solvers made up of talented students, STEM experts, and organizations around the world dedicated to designing innovative solutions to global challenges. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: 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: 4 hours/week for 3 months; October-December 2021, February-April 2022, October-December 2022, February-April 2023

WorldDenver – World Affairs Challenge Virtual Exchange

WorldDenver’s World Affairs Challenge Virtual Exchange serves youth ages 14-17 in the state of Colorado and the Middle East and North Africa through an online, mobile-accessible exchange in which bi-national student teams of six to ten participants learn and practice leadership development, cross-cultural communication, and project management. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: High School/Grades 9-12
  • Locations: Iraq, Israel, Morocco, United States (Colorado)
  • Time Frame: 3 hours/week for 10 weeks; September-November 2021, January-March 2022

World Learning – The Experiment Digital

World Learning’s The Experiment Digital 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. Learn more.

  • Participant Age Group: High School/Grades 9-12
  • Locations: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen
  • Time Frame: 4 hours/week for 8 weeks; July-August 2021

 

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