The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for the FY 2018 TechGirls program. U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to conduct a three- to four-week exchange program in the United States in summer 2018 for approximately 28 high school girls from the Middle East and North Africa focused on promoting the high-level study of technology. Echoing the goals of the TechWomen program, TechGirls supports development in the field of technology and enables young women to reach their full potential in the technology industry. The program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world and promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. It also fosters connections and understanding among the youth of the United States and the countries and territories of the Middle East and North Africa.
The TechGirls program will bring approximately 28 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from select countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the United States for a three- to four-week exchange program in summer 2018. The exchange will feature a weeklong (minimum) technology camp that will bring together the program participants with American peers who share similar interests. The camp should be academically rigorous and provide hands-on exposure to advanced tools in technology, as well as tools that can be readily adopted for use in the participants’ home countries, through hands-on classes, labs, and individual or team-based projects.
The goals of the 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 and encourage high school-aged girls to pursue higher education and careers in technology; 3) Develop participant skills in current technologies that are relevant to the participants’ home countries; 4) Connect and support the next generation of women who share interests and abilities; 5) Promote problem-solving and critical thinking; 6) Equip participants with leadership skills to influence positive change in their communities; 7) Foster connections and deepen trust and mutual understanding among the youth of the United States and the countries and territories of the Middle East and North Africa, creating greater potential for future collaboration and networks between Americans and overseas counterparts.
The objectives of the program are for participants to: 1) Enhance their understanding of various technological tools and their specific uses and applications in their countries, as well as of how technology is used on a global scale; 2) Develop a specific process and step-by-step action plan for designing and implementing follow-on projects in their home communities, utilizing available technologies; and 3) Explain and present their community follow-on projects and exchange experiences in the United States to broader audiences, such as classmates, community members, among others.
University is limited to one proposal.
|UIC Letter of Intent||
November 17, 2017
|UIC Internal Competition||
|Sponsor Letter of Intent||
December 27, 2017
Letter of Intent
Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program. White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.
Please contact Natalia Glubisz at RDS@uic.edu or 312-996-8348 with any questions.
If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.