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US Youth Ambassadors

Training US girls to be Global STEM Leaders July 12 – 23, 2020

Scholarships Available!Applications are open from November 15, 2019 to January 15, 2019.

TechGirls is selecting 10 US Youth Ambassadors (ages 15-17) to join 52 girls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Uzbekistan on the campus of Virginia Tech.

2020 Program details

TechGirls brings 10 American young women (ages 15-17) to join 52 girls from 11 countries in Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for an exciting 12 days (July 12-23, 2020) of quality tech training and international friendship on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Participants will collaborate on tech projects by day and participate in stimulating cross-cultural dialogues and fun activities at night!

Your scholarship is fully inclusive of courses, programming, housing and meals, staff supervision and ground transport for sightseeing. Participants are only responsible for transportation to and from Virginia Tech.

US Youth Ambassadors, this is your chance to collaborate with female STEM leaders from across the globe and gain tech skills that will inspire you to pursue your dreams. Participants will be learning programming in Java and Cybersecurity.

Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 15 to 17 with at least one year left of high school in the fall 2020. Applicants must also show sincere interest in technology and making friends from around the world.

About the Program

TechGirls is a US Department of State initiative that brings young women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Uzbekistan to the US for a 3-week international exchange program designed to empower young girls from the Middle East and North Africa and Central Asia to pursue careers in science and technology. A highlight of their stay is meeting the US Youth Ambassadors as you live and learn together at Virginia Tech.

“I had a great time at TechGirls. I learned so much from the other girls and the professors that I will use in my life.” – Naomi,  Massachusetts

“Through the TechGirls experience, I was able to expand my knowledge of fields like cybersecurity and Java game development. Outside, TechGirls opened my eyes to STEM education in other countries.” – Kavi, California

Questions? Check out  our Frequently Asked Questions resource for US applicants.