Vision

The Stevens Initiative aims to give every young person the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to prosper in an increasingly interconnected world.

Approach

Virtual exchange uses online technology to connect young people around the world to learn and work together so they can build marketable global competencies and deepen their understanding of and ability to engage with people from other backgrounds.

Engage

There are several ways to get involved in virtual exchange through the Stevens Initiative. We encourage you to review the different pathways below to find the option that best fits your needs.

Join a Program

Schools, districts, post-secondary institutions, and non-profit organizations can express interest in having young people participate in a virtual exchange program implemented by a Stevens Initiative grantee. Joining an existing program allows institutions and educators to benefit from the grantee’s content, partnership network, technology, facilitation training, and other forms of guidance and support and can be a great way to have a first experience with virtual exchange.

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United States, Morocco, and UAE: Design with a Partner

Educational institutions and non-profit organizations in the United States, Morocco, or the United Arab Emirates can propose to design a virtual exchange program. The Stevens Initiative provides a matching and co-designing process to assist potential partners to co-create quality virtual exchange programs that connect youth in Morocco or the United Arab Emirates with youth in the United States. It is important to note that the institutions in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates serve as the prime during the application and negotiation process. (The prime manages the grant funds and handles all associated administrative tasks.)

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Apply for a Grant

The Stevens Initiative runs competitions to give grants to educational institutions and non-profit organizations who administer virtual exchange programs connecting youth in the United States and the MENA region.

The Initiative will open its next grant competition in spring 2020 and the deadline for Letters of Interest (LOIs) will be in fall 2020. Finalists will be notified if they are invited to submit a full application later in the fall. Grants will start in spring 2021 and virtual exchange activities will be expected to be begin during fall 2021.

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Attend an Event

The Initiative hosts events, both in-person and online, throughout the year to provide tools for and knowledge about virtual exchange implementation. These events are open to any interested individual or organization looking to learn more about virtual exchange.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions are half-day presentations (in-person or online) providing an introduction to virtual exchange, the Stevens Initiative and basic steps for getting involved in a program or starting a new one.

Workshops

Workshops are two-day in-depth trainings during which attendees learn about several critical aspects of successful virtual exchange programs, such as international partnerships, facilitation and facilitator training, and monitoring and evaluation.

Webinars

Webinars are hour long online, panels, interviews, or presentations on a range of topics such as different approaches to virtual exchange, evaluating virtual exchange programs, and using virtual exchange as part of campus internationalization.

Upcoming Events

Stevens Initiative Info Session (US)

Info Sessions are online presentations providing an introduction to virtual exchange, the Stevens Initiative, and basic steps for getting involved in a program or starting a new one. This session, open to anyone but designed with US audience members in mind, will also briefly touch on the “Design with a…

Webinar: My Virtual Exchange Experience

Virtual exchange is an innovative educational tool that advances curricular goals and makes youth more globally aware. Hear firsthand from educators and administrators how virtual exchange enhances middle and high-school classroom experiences. During this webinar, panelists will share their experience facilitating virtual exchange and will address some promising practices. Registration…

Stevens Initiative Info Session (MENA)

Info Sessions are online presentations providing an introduction to virtual exchange, the Stevens Initiative, and basic steps for getting involved in a program or starting a new one. This session, open to anyone but designed with MENA region audience members in mind, will address key virtual exchange elements, the “Design…

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Explore Resources

The Stevens Initiative has created and collected several tools and resources, including publications and presentation recordings, to help anyone interested in virtual exchange learn how to design and run their own virtual exchange program.

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