Every year our alumni impress us more and more with their ingenuity and drive. Even though it can be tough to keep in touch, we are always delighted to hear what our alumni have been doing. No matter what Legacy alumni do, they do it with passion and commitment.
In early January, Legacy went to Tunis and hosted a lunch with our local alumni from TechGirls, the Professional Fellow Program, and the Emerging Young Leaders Award. We were also joined by other U.S. exchange program participants from TechWomen. It was wonderful to see our participants again and hear first hand what they are up to. It was also a great way to connect the various alumni so they could collaborate on future endeavors.
Zeineb (TechGirls 2016) has been busy. For her follow on project she organized an event for young girls to empower them in technology and encourage them to follow STEM field in their future career, including leadership skills, team challenges, role model speeches, opportunities in STEM and exchange programs, TechGirls info, importance of English in their daily life, coding and software classes, inspiration and motivation to follow technology fields, the importance of volunteering and community service, etc. Having such a wonderful experience doing that, she now volunteers at the Center of Computer Science helping instructors teach software classes to neighborhood youth. Additionally, Zeineb was selected to participate in a two-day training program with the Tunisian American Alumni Network. At the training (led by our Professional Fellow alum, Safouen), she was able to continue to improve her leadership and debate skills. As a result of her participation, she is now part of the virtual exchange program, a six-month online training with over 1000 participants worldwide.
Meriam (TechGirls 2016) took part in the Diamond Challenge where she and her team created a project and developed a business plan around water resources. Meriam was so inspired by Mr Rash’s speech to the TechGirls and the trainings she received during the program, that she conducted leadership and change making workshops to first grade students and the local primary school. “27/30 of the kids had never heard of [those concepts] and never dared to ask. So I would arrange a session to introduce leadership and encourage them to look more and discover it.”
Both Zeineb and Meriam are participating in Technovation 2017, led by TechWomen alum Amel!
Nour’s (TechGirls 2015) follow on project was one of the most successful from 2015. She organized iCode Week at her school and was a main instructor in C++. Because so many students enjoyed the week, she started the iCode Club as well which is ongoing.
Our other Tunisian alumni have done amazing things as well;
Read about projects developed by the Professional Fellows Program participants from Tunisia : Chiheb’s project t0 build trust and transparency in the Tunisian government; or about Samia’s project to provide mobile services to rural children; or about how Safouen’s is countering radicalization through debate.
Ahlem, who was a recipient of the Emerging Young Leaders Award in 2016 developed the Peace Lab Project, an initiative to educate people on conflict resolution and ways to create peace in their communities.
Each of our alumni saw a need in their community and decided to act. We couldn’t be more proud.
Are you an alum from a Legacy program over the last four decades? We want to hear from you! Please contact us and provide us with an update on what you have been up to. Stay tuned for exciting opportunities for alumni from all our programs to connect with us and each other.
TechGirls, the Professional Fellows Program, and the Emerging Young Leaders Award are initiatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and organized by Legacy International.