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The Experience

As a TechGirl, you commit to 8 months of leadership training and join an alumni network of TechWomen and TechGirls that will support you as you plan your higher education, careers and community based projects.

TechGirls will:

  • Challenge themselves with new questions and concepts
  • Learn coding and tech skills from enthusiastic university professors
  • Network with influential industry leaders
  • Discover their own innovative leadership style
  • Create meaningful friendships with young women from all over the MENA region and the USA
  • Explore the diverse communities of Washington, D.C. and southwest Virginia
  • Inspire the next generation of women and girls in their home countries

Your U.S. program begins with group international travel with your fellow participants from your country with a flight escort. Meeting all the other young women selected from across your region is the first inspiring element to the program.

Legacy International staff provides 24-hour supervision and a safe and secure environment.

2021 Program Flow for Central Asian and MENA TechGirls 

These plans are subject to adjustment pending review of evolving best practices related to COVID-19.

July 3-5, 2021 Washington DC:  Leadership Development Clinics and Women in Tech Panel discussions

July 6-22, 2021 Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg Virginia:  Join 20 US teens for four technical instruction class options plus meetings with a variety of department leaders conducting cutting edge research. These courses include existing classes in Java Programming and Cybersecurity.  Additional in-demand courses under discussion are Business Information Technologies and Data and Model Based Analytics.

This timeframe also includes the following program activities:

  • July 10 – MENA Group: Home hospitality day with a US Host Family:  a real cultural immersion with carefully vetted families in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
  • July 10 – Central Asian Group: Service Day and Leadership training
  • July 17 – Central Asian Group: Home hospitality day with a US Host Family:  a real cultural immersion with carefully vetted families in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
  • July 17 – MENA Group : Service Day and Leadership training
  • July 20 – Central Asian and MENA Group: Eid Al Adha and Job Exposition with Southwest Virginia Job Shadow Hosts
July 23-29, 2021 Washington DC: NASA Visit,  Tour of the nation’s capitol, final action planning, capstone event, Women in STEM Career Day with D.C. Job Shadow Hosts and TechWomen
July 30, 2021 – Departure Day

Back at Home (August-January)

Community action plans: During the program, each leader develops an action plan to transfer skills and knowledge back home. Projects have included – starting a Tech Club at school, offering training to classmates, helping local business by designing a website, creating an on-line dialogue forum with friends, blogging, organizing tech career fairs at their school.