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TechGirls Program
 

Program Description: 

Teenage secondary school students are invited to apply for participation in the inaugural TechGirls program. This program will bring approximately 27 teenage girls between ages 15 -17 from select countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the United States for a three-week international exchange program focused on promoting the high-level study of technology.

In July 2011, Secretary Clinton announced the launch of a youth exchange program called TechGirls "to encourage innovation and promote the spread of new technologies to give women and girls the support that they need to become leaders in this field."  TechGirls will complement the TechWomen program and echo its goals; this initiative champions two distinct but key themes of President Obama's June 2009 speech in Cairo by supporting development in the field of technology and enabling young women to reach their full potential in the technology industry.

The goals of the TechGirls program are to: 

1) Provide a program of academic study of applied technology for girls who already have a demonstrated aptitude and strong interest in the subject; 

2) Empower girls to pursue higher education and careers in technology; 

3) Link peers who share interests and abilities; 

4) Develop the leadership skills of the participants; 

5) Promote mutual understanding among the peoples of the United States and the countries and territories of the Middle East and North Africa.

Candidate Description and Qualifications

Candidates must:

  1. Be between the ages of 15 and 17 as of July 1, 2014;
  2. Have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;
  3. Intend to pursue higher education and careers in technology;
  4. Have strong English language skills, including excellent conversational skills and listening comprehension skills;
  5. Be excited about learning;
  6. Exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
  7. Attend at least one more semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country;
  8. Be willing to complete a follow-on project upon their return home; and
  9. Have a general knowledge/understanding of key technology-focused topics, including:
  • Web design and development
  • Coding
  • Social networking
  • Java programming language

Please fill out the application in English as completely as possible. The information you provide on this application will provide the basis for selecting semi-finalists for this program. Answer the questions carefully and completely.

Please note that a Flight chaperone will be available to help escort the girls during the course of travel to the US.

Applications are ONLY accepted via emails to PASSanaa@state.gov

The deadline for applications is Tuesday February 11, 2014

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