Offer: Apply for a Three to Five week program in the US for 15 to 17 Years old Girls in middle east and North Africa
THE INAUGURAL TECHGIRLS PROGRAM
Application Deadline: Friday March 2, 2012
The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a is pleased to announce its brand new TechGirls Program. This program will bring approximately 25 teenage girls between ages 15-17 from select countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the United States for a three- to five-week exchange program focused on promoting the high-level study of technology.
In July 2011, Secretary Clinton announced the launch of a youth exchange program called TechGirls "to encourage innovation and promote the spread of new technologies to give women and girls the support that they need to become leaders in this field." TechGirls will complement the TechWomen program and echo its goals; this initiative champions two distinct but key themes of President Obama's June 2009 speech in Cairo by supporting development in the field of technology and enabling young women to reach their full potential in the technology industry.
The goals of the TechGirl program are:
1) Provide a program of academic study of applied technology for girls who already have a demonstrated aptitude and strong interest in the subject;
2) Empower girls to pursue higher education and careers in technology;
3) Link peers who share interests and abilities;
4) Develop the leadership skills of the participants;
5) Promote mutual understanding among the peoples of the United States and the countries and territories of the Middle East and North Africa.
Candidate Description and Qualifications: Candidates must
1) be between the ages of 15 and 17 as of June 1, 2012 (born after June 1, 1995, and before June 1, 1997);
2) have demonstrated advanced skills and a serious interest in technology, engineering, and/or math in their academic studies;
3) intend to pursue higher education and careers in technology;
4) have strong English language skills;, including excellent conversational skills and listening comprehension skills.
5) be excited about learning;
6) exhibit maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness;
7) attend at least one more semester of secondary school upon their return to their home country.
8) have a general knowledge/understanding of key technology-focused topics:-
· Cloud computing
· Web design and development
· Software applications and programming
· Computer network systems
· Mobile communications technology and applications
· Online game design and programming
· 3D modeling
· Programming in C++ or Java
· Social networking
Please note that a Flight chaperone will be available to help escort the girls during the course of travel to the US.
For more information about this program, please visit: http://yemen.usembassy.gov/tgp.html .