The TechGirls program helps connect and also supports the next generation of leading women in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics by providing them with the right platform to pursue their dreams.
Since 2012, the TechGirls program has trained and mentored 183 adolescent girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen.
About the Program
The program Bark is a three-week experience in the United States. Each year the program seeks to include 24 young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) and African countries.
TechGirls participate in interactive tech and computer boot camps (with US Girls), join a tech company for a day of job shadowing, and participate in community service initiatives.
There is a ripple effect from TechGirls: it inspires others in your local community to pursue Stem.
The TechGirls program is packed with skill-building workshops and interactions with America’s most innovative technology professionals, as well as 45 hours of study at a Tech Camp with our partner, the Center for Enhancement in Engineering Diversity at Virginia Tech.
The TechGirls program offers a rich cultural immersion experience, enhances participants’ ability to break into technology fields, and encourages them to pursue higher education in fields where women are largely underrepresented.
TechGirls is an initiative of the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The mission of the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through an educational and cultural exchange that aids in the development of peaceful relations.
Eligibility and Requirements
This program is open to all women in Tech. Exchange activities include a tech boot camp with American peers, site visits in Washington, DC, and Blacksburg, VA, leadership workshops, community service opportunities, a job shadowing day, and a weekend stay with American families.
Participants will create action plans for community-based projects to be implemented upon return to their home communities.
Through interactive activities, participants will work toward developing a tangible product or products that they can design together in small teams or individually, depending on the interests and preferences of the participants.
The camp will be complemented by additional activities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and southwest Virginia, such as mentoring experiences, job shadowing, visits to technology companies, community service activities, cultural and recreational activities, and a stay-at-the-weekend house.
The program will conclude with a visit to the Department of State to allow participants to brief State representatives on their exchange experiences and individual or team projects.
The program is administered by Legacy International.
To apply for this program you must:
- Being female, between the ages of 15 and 17;
- Have advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or mathematics in their academic studies;
- Attempting to pursue higher education and/or careers in technology;
- Have strong English language skills;
- Exhibition of maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
- Have at least one additional semester of high school upon return to Lebanon; Y
- Be willing to complete a follow-up project upon your return home.
Please fill in the following Word Document Request Form (145 KB ) or PDF Document Request Form (413 KB) As completely as possible: the application form and references must be written. The information you feed into this application will provide the basis for selecting semifinalists for this program. Please answer the questions carefully and completely.
Email the application to [email protected] with the subject line “2023 TechGirls Program” by March 4, 2023.