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Support the next generation of US STEM leaders

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TechGirls - transforming STEM Leadership

News flash: As many as 3.5 million STEM-related jobs will need to be filled in the US by 2025. However, the trends for US students majoring in these fields continue on their downward trajectory, especially among women and traditionally underserved populations. That means millions of jobs could soon go unfilled. Young women tend to hesitate pursue their passion for STEM. TechGirls changes the game by building the confidence of talented young women.

In 2022, TechGirls expanded to include young women ages 15-17 from 38 countries across six regions. In 2024, the program will support 111 young women from 37 participating countries/territories and 13+ U.S. peers in a dynamic four-week U.S.-based experience with a seven-month mentoring program (including pre-and post-exchange).

In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and boost educational opportunities for US STEM leaders, we are raising funds to include more American young women in the 2024 program. Those selected develop critical cross-cultural competency skills and act as hosts to their international peers. So far we have secured enough funds for 13 US girls but there is so much talent and so much enthusiasm, we want to open up four (4) more spots. The cost per person is $9500. Four (4) additional teens in 2024 program will cost $38,000 and have secured $19,000 to date.

Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 653 teenage girls. Legacy International has been honored to administer this program since its inception.

The core of the TechGirls program is a 24-day experience in the United States. In partnership with Virginia Tech, participants engage in an interactive TechCamp that provides an in-depth examination of cutting-edge technologies and various educational and professional paths in STEM fields. Then, TechGirls travel to a city around the USA (Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City or Seattle) for community immersion and STEM career exploration. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect as participants return home to conduct community-based projects with seven months of mentorship.

TechGirls is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Participating Countries: TechGirls are competitively recruited and selected from the following regions/countries and territories (approximately 3 participants per country/territory):

  • Sub-Saharan Africa (AF) – Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia
  • East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) – Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Vietnam
  • Europe and Eurasia (EUR) – Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Türkiye
  • Middle East and North Africa (NEA) – Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia
  • South and Central Asia (SCA) – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
  • Western Hemisphere (WHA) – Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Suriname
  • United States of America

Your donation will change a life and change the world.

We know there are many needs to support and we appreciate any amount you can give us. Your donation goes directly to providing a leader who is planning community initiatives with the coaching and mentoring they need to be successful.

DONATING BY CHECK: Make check payable to Legacy International Attn: Susan Brock 1020 Legacy Dr. Bedford VA 24523

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