Since 2012, TechGirls trained and mentored 238 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia. In 2019, the program expanded to Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Before I was hoping to change only myself, now I’m doing my best to change the world!
Olfa, Tunisia, now studying mechanics and mechatronics
TechGirls have trained over 5,800 other girls in digital and leaderships skills, including computer basics, robotics, film making, building websites, app development, and data analysis.
50% report attending and becoming finalists in tech competitions including Lego Engineering Challenges, Microsoft’s DigiGirlz, Microsoft Challenges, and Cisco’s Innovation Grand Challenge.
95% of the alumni report that their projects addressed community violence, refugee needs, volunteerism, public health, and exposure to technology for marginalized youth. 200+ community projects were conducted helping 6,000+ people.
Boosting Educational Opportunities
100% reported that tech skills made them more competitive in university enrollment, and boosted their confidence to pursue STEM in higher education. 70% report now studying medicine, math, computer science, engineering, or business.
Building a Global Network
Over 3000 U.S. tech professionals, host families, and peers have maintained contact with young women across the MENA region.
U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
TechGirls is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. As mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports and professional exchanges, as well as public -private partnerships.
In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports and professional exchanges. ECA serves as part of the Public Affairs arm of the U.S. Department of State. Through public-private partnerships and tax payer funding the bureau manages a host of professional, academic, cultural and athletic exchanges.
Since 1979, Legacy International equips emerging leaders to transform their values and vision into sustainable success. Training youth and professionals with an emphasis on creating new employment opportunities and supporting civic engagement is a foundation for all programming.
Over the last 40 years, Legacy International has addressed crucial community based issues on 5 continents, using the power and vision of women. See our commitment to Women's empowerment.
Legacy International's commitment to TechGirls began with the program’s inauguration in 2011. Since that time, with keen attention to cultural sensitivity, Legacy International has trained and mentored 158 young women from the Middle East and North Africa. Our methods emphasize qualities of leadership based on shared values that respect family customs; and at the same time are progressive to meet the needs of future leaders. Ask TechGirls' alumni what they have gained, and they will readily say LEADERSHIP, MOTIVATION, CONFIDENCE and a CAREER PATH in fields that they previously believed were out of reach.
Legacy International's tech instructional partner is the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at Virginia Tech.
We also work in collaboration with IIE and TechWomen.
Legacy International manages a growing network of U.S. tech companies and NGOs who see the TechGirls program as one of the most impactful U.S. Department of State exchange programs. On average, we include 180 Americans of diverse backgrounds each year in meaningful interactions with the TechGirls as speakers, job shadow hosts, and trainers.