TechGirls, a U.S. Department of State initiative, is an international exchange program designed to inspire and empower girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue deeper level of training in technology through hands-on skills development.
The TechGirls program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.
Since its first year in June 2012, TechGirls has brought over 132 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen have travelled to the United States for a three-week exchange. While in the United States, TechGirls participate in an interactive technology and computer camp, join a tech company for a day of job shadowing, and participate in community service initiatives.
Now in its fifth year, TechGirls 2016 will be better than ever. The 23-day program is packed with skill-development workshops and interactions with America’s most innovative tech professionals as well as 50 hours of study at iD Tech Camp. The TechGirls program improves the participants’ ability to enter tech fields and gain access to higher education, as well as offering them a rich cultural immersion experience.
| Tech Professional Support TechGirls
High profile private sector partners team up with TechGirls for a day of “job shadowing”.
|Home Hospitality for TechGirls.
American families play a central role in the overall experience of international guests.
|U.S. Youth Ambassadors
Five young women from US, who want to develop their tech skills, and build friendships with 27 amazing TechGirls, join the computer camp session.
|TechGirls in the News
Watch videos produced by TechGirl alumnae about their experience in the U.S. and about the projects they build upon returning to their home country.
Interested in TechGirls 2016? You must contact the US Embassy in your country for an application.
Follow the day by day activities of the TechGirls @ TECHGIRLS BLOG.
Read Razan Marzouka’s (Palestine) story “Taking it to Heart and Action”. “Now that I’m back home, I’m preparing for the course that another TechGirl (Daniella Tanas) and I are going to teach at my school—IC3 (internet and computing core certification). I plan to continue creating websites and studying what I learned at iD Tech Camp. I hope that my contributions will help to create change in my country.”
Read Imene Maallem (Algeria) story ” I Wanted to Make a Difference”. “TechGirls was like a dream that I have just woken up from and now I have to share it with my community. I gained and learned a lot of things that not everyone has the opportunity to learn. I am so excited to apply what I gained, share it with others, and inspire talented people just like I had the opportunity to be inspired by great persons.”
This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Legacy International