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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.

2020 Program Flow for Central Asian and MENA TechGirls 

July 6-10, 2020 Washington DC:  Leadership Development Clinics, Women in Tech Panel discussions,  Tour of the nation’s capitol, and service projects.

July 10-12, 2020  Central Asian group-  Weekend with a US Host Family:  a real cultural immersion with carefully vetted families in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. MENA Group – leadership training at Virginia Tech

July 13-24, 2020 Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg Virginia:  Join 10 US teens for coding and cybersecurity classes plus meetings with a variety of department leaders conducting cutting edge research.
July 23, 2020  Job Shadow Day for MENA group in southwest Virginia,

July 24-26  Weekend with Host Families for MENA group. Central Asia Group – leadership training at Virginia Tech

July 26-31, 2020 Washington DC:  Job Shadow Day for Central Asia Group, NASA Visit, final action planning, capstone event, meeting at the US Department of State and wrap up.

August 1 – 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.